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A letter to my son on his sixteenth birthday

It’s my eldest son’s 16th birthday today. Being a Smiths fan I had to sing him “Half a Person”. If you know the song, you’ll get the joke. If you don’t look up the lyrics. I’m a little reluctant to share parenting stuff because I feel like I’m always on a journey with my parenting,…

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How to Ensure Smooth Project Hand-Offs from PM to PM

How to Ensure Smooth Project Hand-Offs from PM to PM

Three problems occur when you move a Project Manager (PM) to a new project, and another PM takes over their work: Production (and profit) decline because the new PM doesn’t understand the work. The field crews don’t have a relationship with the new PM and keep bugging the first PM with their issues. Customer satisfaction…

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Why the Definition of “Success” Needs to Change

Why the Definition of Success Needs to Change

Project Managers (PMs) are considered successful if their projects are profitable. But think about that method of evaluation. How much control does a PM have over project profit? On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being no control, 10 being complete control? They aren’t a 1, but they are certainly not a 10. That…

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Are Your Project Engineers Learning and Growing from Their Mistakes?

Are Your Project Engineers Learning and Growing from Their Mistakes

I have just finished building out my home gym in my garage. I’ve got a Squat rack, Olympic bar, and weights.  I even installed a small sauna. I love lifting weights, and my goal is to increase (and maintain) strength without getting injured. Last week I was bench pressing, and my fourteen-year-old son was helping…

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How to Develop Well Rounded Project Engineers

How to Develop Well Rounded Construction Pros

We are all familiar with how the military uses the principle of “tours of duty.” A soldier will rotate from one commander to another, spend time at the front lines, logistics, and technical areas to build their competencies and experiences. Do you know how to use this principle in your company to develop talent? Think…

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Can Miracles Still Happen?

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  Do you remember your favorite childhood Christmas gift?  (Mine was a Star Wars blaster) What made that gift so special to you? As a child, you had no “purchasing power”, no ability to go out and get yourself that bike, video game console, or dollhouse. Do you remember your favorite childhood Christmas gift?  As…

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