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How to Avoid Doing Other People’s Jobs and Keep Focused Your Top Priorities

How to Avoid Doing Other People's Jobs and Keep Focused Your Top Priorities

If you were the general manager of a baseball team, would you hire the hot dog vendors that roam the stands? A baseball GM identifies and acquires the players that the coaching staff develops. Their job description does not include hiring the hot-dog vendors. Why is this important for construction executives? I’ve talked with many…

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How to Stay Focused on What’s Most Important, Every Day

How to Stay Focused on What's Most Important, Every Day

If you were the general manager of a baseball team, would you hire the hot dog vendors? A baseball GM identifies and acquires the players that the coaching staff develops. Their job description does not include hiring hot-dog vendors. Why is this important for construction executives? I’ve talked with many who spend too much time…

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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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2 Strategies to Help New Leaders Succeed

2 Strategies to Help New Leaders Succeed

Act like a rookie quarterback The quarterback is the leader of the team, for better or for worse. The very best quarterbacks not only understand their position but in every play that’s run on the field, they understand what every single person on the team is supposed to be doing during that play. He knows…

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How to Act When Talented People Leave Your Company

How to Act When Talented People Leave Your Company

What’s the biggest mistake you can make when a valuable employee gets another career opportunity? Almost 20 years ago, I made a career switch. I had been selling copy machines for years coming out of college, and in 2004, I had an opportunity to work for a company that provided a leadership development course. Two…

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How to Help Leaders Make Lasting Change Through Effective 360 reviews

How to Help Leaders Make Lasting Change Through Effective 360 reviews

360s are very useful if done correctly. Unfortunately, most people get 360s wrong. In this post, I’m going to show you how to get your 360s right. Let’s assume that Sally, one of your Project Managers, is the subject of the 360. Identify a group of eight to ten of her peers, direct reports, and…

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