Author: Cole Chesnut

Journeys in Construction

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 to achieve. Maybe you need to learn to better cope with your situation. 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.

Small House in Thailand

Post-Project Review from Construction of a Small House in Chiang Mai, Thailand

When I first started traveling internationally for construction work, I was especially challenged by trying to impose my means and methods on others. Now I try to accept some differences, pick my battles carefully, and be tactful when explaining my reasons. That is a continuous learning process.

Leader one way, Manager the other way, direction signs.

Leadership vs. Management – Why Not Both?

It is important to understand the distinctions between management and leadership. Using one’s strengths, as well as improving one’s weaknesses, are keys to success.

Guy with many arms holding office tools and stuff.

Learn How to Develop Productive Habits and Get the Most Important Things Done ASAP!

This FREE! video course is designed to help you boost your organizational skills and productivity in just a few steps. This is a series of methods, simplified for easy understanding and condensed for quick learning.

Person getting shocked by electrical wires.

What Happens Next Will Shock You! (If You Don’t Know About These Common Electrical Hazards)

Whether you’re at a job site, an office, home, or wherever, awareness of electrical hazards is crucial. SAFETY FIRST!

2019 on the road ahead, 2018 behind in the rear-view mirror.

New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work, Continuous Improvement Does

Statistics show that only 9.2 percent of people ever achieve their New Year’s resolutions and break free from their bad habits. Instead, practice the philosophy of continuous improvement. Get a little bit better every single day.