Book Club: Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

A powerful book that will, no-doubt, change the way you run your business or career. The best part is, everything he covers can be put into practice almost immediately. In an industry like construction, we deal with what he calls truly complex issues. Read the article to see just exactly what that means. And while you're at it, pick up a copy for yourself!

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5 Traits of Good Job Site Technology

When it comes to technology solutions for construction, the options are vast and the competition for your business is tough. Keep an eye on these five traits that make up good job site technology and you'll have a head start. After all, choosing job site tech can be an costly endeavor, but when it's done right, it will actually MAKE you money. Do your homework and make though-out choices.

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5 Steps to Tapping That Internal Talent

There's a labor shortage in construction. To me, that means we're struggling as an industry to develop new construction craft. And while part of the solution is providing training directly on job site operations, we also need to put a plan in place to develop leaders internally. More job site leaders means being able to train those new craft guys faster and better. This post covers 5 steps that will kickstart in internal talent development program.

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4 Job Site Labor Metrics You Have to Know & Understand

The biggest risk for any contractor is labor. And yet it seldom gets the attention it really deserves. Keeping an eye on job site labor costs and productivity can make a huge difference in how much money you'll make on a project. Why don't we pay more attention? How can we pay more attention? What do we do with the information we get? How can we improve our bottom line by watching job site productivity?

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Book Club: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit, but Charles Duhigg will change the way your run your job site. The ways we can apply this book in the construction industry could change anything from our job site safety culture to reducing rework and even identifying changes in scope or extra work. Read this to get a 2-minute overview, then buy the book on Amazon for less than ten bucks.

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The Power of Habit in Construction

The beauty of habits is that we don't realize we have the habit; it's automatic. It's just something we do - like make coffee first thing in the morning. We don't think about it, we don't have to set a reminder. We just DO IT. When it comes to construction, we all hope for a better safety record or hope we get better at contract admin. I'm going to shift the way you think about how to go about getting what you want - like a better safety record!

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