As we “slam-the-lid” on another year and bid a “not-so-fond” good riddance to 2022, the outlook for construction in 2023 seems bleak, but with some high spots.
Commentary – How to find “Meaning” in your work and why some never do
I don’t really know what this young man’s experience has been, but I know mine, and finding “meaning” in my work has been easy. I love the construction industry and think it is a great place for people to build a career.
Effective supplier relationship management
Owner’s who demand the highest standards of care and want to attract the best Suppliers are best served by more balanced contracts
Higher price & cost volatility; mitigating the cost effects of the current inflationary environment.
Material volatility coupled with ever increasing labor costs, have made navigating the current market extremely difficult.
Industry Watch – Payment Terms – Why Extended Payment Terms Could be Bad for Your Company and How They Hurt the Construction Industry.
Extending payment terms is not without consequence and we must be informed on these risks in order to make a sound decision.
Best Practices – The Post-COVID Office – How organizations are managing return to work
The following content was originally published July 2021 on IBM’s Category Newsletter. The Post-COVID Office – Our New Normal By Olivia L’Heureux Category Manager – Facilities With light at the end of the quarantine, Companies are preparing to bring worker’s back to the office. Offices are being reconfigured to promote new safety protocols and make…
Market Watch – How Procurement Can Become a Strategic Partner and Mitigate Supply Chain Disruptions
As we continue our recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, inflation rates across the globe are on the rise.
Happy New Year – Blog Update and Plans for 2022
I wanted to take a moment to share an update and a little about my blogging plans for this year.
Commentary – The Master Builder – How The Role of Architects has Evolved and Where You Can Find the Modern Version of the Master Builder
The roots of the architect can be traced back to the times of the Ancient Greeks. The term architect, or arkhitekton in Greek, was the title given to the master builder who would oversee the design and construction
Industry Watch – Request For Information – How One Contractor Revealed His Unscrupulous Nature And How You Can Guard Against Similar Behaviors.
Recently, I was on a webinar hosted by the American Institute of Architects. The discussion topic was about how to improve relationships between Architects and Contractors. I expected a lively discussion about scope of work and maybe some dialogue about design-build versus design-bid-build. The panelists included an Architect, a Developer, and a General…
Industry Watch – Pay-When-Paid – A Common but Illegal Term that Exists In Most Construction Contracts.
General Contractor should not rely on the Owner’s contract to define the terms and obligations between the Contractor and his subcontractors. Rather, the GC should specifically state any and all of their sub-contractor terms (including payment obligations) independently of the Owner’s obligations to the GC. The Contractor should adhere to those terms independent of what may or may not be happening between the Contractor and the Owner.
Commentary – Why 2020 Was The Worst Year and How To Give Yourself Space to Be Creative.
Despite these blessings, you may know, that this year, my drive for continuing this blog waned. I shared how my workload was at an all-time high, but my motivation was at an all-time low.
Since that time, I would not say that things have changed very much.
We are still in a pandemic. My work load remains high. Motivation for writing this blog remains low.