Handle Your Next “Oh Shit…” Moment On The Jobsite

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You know the feeling: Your crew is working hard, interruptions are minimal, and the project’s tracking well – it’s a good day. Then you get an urgent email or phone call about a screw-up, or you make the discovery yourself. It’s bad. Even worse? This one’s on you. You’ve got an “Oh shit” moment you need…Read More

Simple Instagram Tips for Marketing Construction Companies

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Instagram for construction contractors? Isn’t that the platform my teenager uses for what the kids call ‘selfies’? Nope, not anymore. Instagram is quickly gaining on more widely known social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and many small businesses are starting to realize the platform’s potential for marketing their companies. If you’re a contractor not…Read More

Contractors: Are You Risking Enough?

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“Just taking risks for risk’s sake, that doesn’t do it for me. I’m willing to take risks that I think are worth it, and I’ve worked so hard to make sure that I survive.” – Chris Hadfield, Astronaut Construction Dive recently forecast that contractors will be more cautious about project selection this year. Ok, on…Read More

“Zero Punch List” Possible? Does It Even Matter?

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If you tackle it right, there’s no good reason punch list should eat up the final 20% of your project. But is it ever realistic to shoot for a “zero punch list” project? Or is that like believing that there actually is a dark side of the moon? Let’s dig into that – so you…Read More

Talk That’s Not Cheap: Construction Project Communication

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Tell me you haven’t heard some version of this before: “There’s been some miscommunication (Read: someone f’d up), and it’s causing some delays.” Or: “The project got off to a slow start.” You know when you hear that — because you do hear it— that someone is losing money, and it’s probably not helping their…Read More

The Top Habits Contractors Should Kick in 2016

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The greatest accomplishment is not in ever falling, but in rising again after you fall. – Vincent T. Lombardi It’s that time of the year when contractors wrap things up and put all the wins and losses behind them. You look forward to the New Year and put down a plan, usually with some goals…Read More

Unlocking Value From Stakeholder Relationships

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If you’re a general contractor, you’re almost never alone. You’re constantly crossing paths with clients, architects, engineers, suppliers, and subcontractors. Ask yourself honestly: How much time have you put into building on these relationships? If you answered “not much,” you’re missing out on some big opportunities to help your business win.

Construction Managers: How to Own Daily Productivity

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Does this situation sound familiar?  You’re in a status meeting, struggling to pay attention, but the person talking isn’t engaging anybody or sharing any information you care about. The meeting ends, and instead of feeling like you have a better handle on things, you feel like you’ve all but wasted 30 minutes. As a construction manager, you have to…Read More

How to ‘Miscommunicate’ Better on Construction Projects

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The title of this post is not a typo, in case you were wondering. No, I was having a conversation the other day with a guy after work. We were talking about communication on construction projects. Pretty broad topic. But he works in the field 50-60 hours a week in New York City. I wanted…Read More

Where are the Construction Project Managers?

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The construction industry is facing a labor shortage, and project managers (PMs) are among the top three hardest to find of skilled workers. Four out of five organizations report that they are struggling to find qualified PMs, and more than 20% of PMs are approaching retirement age and will need replacing. How did this shortage…Read More