Month: January 2019

Journeys in Construction

Growing up to be an airplane pilot.

Fake It Until You Make It?

“Fake it until you make it,” is a common saying these days. Instead, put your time and effort into learning to be the best that you can be.

Blueprint for constructive feedback.

How to Turn Complaints Into Constructive Feedback That Gets Positive Results

In this post, I challenge the idea that complaints must be negative, explain how that mindset can hinder improvement, and offer some suggestions to affect positive change.

Getting things done.

Book Review: Getting Things Done by David Allen

I recommend this book for people who want to improve their organizational skills, whether just for yourself or for managing projects with other people. This can help people who have a lot of things to do.

Venn diagram: good - fast - cheap

Digging Into the “Good – Fast – Cheap” Ideal and Beyond

A sophisticated project manager knows that scope, schedule, cost, quality, resources, and risk are some of the major project factors that need to be carefully planned and continually balanced. You can learn more about such issues in this post.

Contractor and customer making a deal.

How to Find the Best Contractor for Your Construction or Remodeling Project

If you are a homeowner or business person who is looking for guidelines about how to find the best contractor for your construction or remodeling project, this is for you.

House value going up.

How to Add High Value to Your House for Low Cost and Get the Best Real Estate Sale Price

I have remodeled many houses and learned a lot of lessons. Here are some of the best resources and most helpful advice to add high value at low cost. If you plan to sell your house someday, read this before spending too much money on home improvements that may not be worthwhile for real estate sale.

Work-Life Balance or Burnout Street Sign

Achieving Work-Life Balance and Preventing Burn-Out

Job satisfaction and balance with life outside of work are possible, if not immediately. Maybe you need to learn to cope with it. Maybe you need time off to refresh. Maybe you need to change your employer, your career, or yourself.

Construction guy stretching

Pre-Start Stretching and Warm-Up Exercise Before Work

Nearly every construction company begins each day with an obligatory pre-start safety talk. Consider having your team add a stretch/warm-up routine also. This can be part of a holistic health and safety program.

Harold presenting project outline on whiteboard.

3 Keys for Effectively Managing Expectations

These are simple tips which may seem obvious, but I’m often surprised by professionals who fail to manage expectations. In my estimation, this is the root cause of many costly problems in business.

The Construction MBA by Matt Stevens

Book Review: “The Construction MBA: Practical Approaches to Construction Contracting” by Matt Stevens

This is an essential educational textbook, highly recommended for any beginning to intermediate construction project manager or contractor.

The road to success is always under construction.

The Road to Success is Always Under Construction

Life is always changing. It’s a journey, not a destination. When you realize that the road to success is always under construction, you can get the most out of your life.