A Proactive Contractor & Claim Avoidance

When it comes to contracting, we know there will be claims and change orders. It's a bi-product of working in one of the most complex industries around. But the way we handles those claims can make quite an impact on our client relations, and, thus, our potential to get paid. 

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Book Club: Inside the Tornado by Geoffrey Moore

Inside the Tornado is NOT a construction book. But if you want to understand why consumers act the way they do, or how a company can navigate through these changes, it's a great read. Construction companies experience out very own Tornado throughout the project lifecycle. Apply the principles and you'll be in great shape!

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iGen on the Job Site; A New Era in Construction (PartI)

There's a new gang in town (or, entering the workforce). They go by iGen. And they're going to make an impact on the way we run our job sites - like it or not. You may have started to see some of these youngsters on the job site already. What can you expect? Join us for a look into the challenges we face when working with iGen.

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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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