https://youtu.be/z9RIt7TM80k Our desire is to walk beside the next generation of builders and inspire them to carry on the tradition of “Being a Builder”.... but... the term builder is a different definition and standard than might initially come to mind. Traditionally, being a builder means being a “craftsman” but a true builder shows greater qualities... Continue Reading →
Selecting the BEST Delivery Method: You Can’t Predict but You Can Prepare
"You can't predict but you can prepare" is a key element Jim Collins' "Great By Choice" Design-Bid-Build, CM Multi-Prime, CM at Risk, Lease Lease-Back, and Design Build have been defined many times and are all proven to be effective delivery methods. But, one size does not fit all. There are no perfect solutions. So, how... Continue Reading →
“Listen. Plan. Build. Adapt” The Solution for All Construction Challenges
“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colors (blue, yellow, red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than... Continue Reading →
True Builders ARE Questionologists and Innovators!!!!
Warren Berger describes why questions are so important to innovation in this Learning Leader Podcast by Ryan Hawk. Issues arise everyday in construction. True builders step up with the right questions to innovate and solve the problem. “Why, What If, And How” is the basis for innovation. No one has all of the answers, sometimes... Continue Reading →
Give Everyone the Opportunity to Succeed
99% of the unpredictability of construction comes from people. PEOPLE need to manufacture, install, and coordinate thousands of things that go into a construction project. The human factor is the root cause of construction being hard, inconsistent, and unpredictable. It comes down to people making poor decisions, not being disciplined and diligent, or letting their... Continue Reading →
Construction is Hard…
"You can't predict but you can prepare" Howard Marks Photo by Magda Ehlers on Pexels.com Construction is hard. It will throw challenges at you on an hourly basis. It is relentless. It is stressful. There are conflicts with people, accidents, cost overruns, quality issues, and delays. How, can you possibly organize all of the... Continue Reading →
Whether it is a Good or Bad Market… Develop a Methodology for the Projects You Pursue.
Tim Marsh stated many times, "I can lose LESS money by just sitting on the porch. Its not what you go after, its what you don't" Your choice of what to pursue in construction is a driver of success. But more importantly what you choose NOT to pursue will have a greater impact on success... Continue Reading →
Know the Way Broadly
Quote from Miyamoto Musashi: “Know the way broadly and you will see it in all things”. There is no truer statement in construction. The more you see, the more you know, the more you can relate your experiences to the current situation for a better outcome. Over time you will see the bigger picture. There... Continue Reading →
The Dichotomy of Construction
A NEW PROJECT!!! Starting a new project brings a lot of excitement!!! Better facilities, a better environment, and a sense of pride for the community!!!!! But, managing a project? IT'S HARD WORK!!!!! Albert Campus said, “The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.” This quote came from reading about Sisyphus,... Continue Reading →
Managing a Project? or Leading a Project?
As an owner, starting a project is exciting!!! New facilities!!! New learning environments for the students!!! Pride in the community!!! But… managing a project is hard… there are so many challenges: safety, people, funding, delivery methods, market impacts, and meeting expectations. Unrealistic expectations cause most of the challenges on a project. However, leaders of successful... Continue Reading →