Why you need a milestone schedule and how to create one.

One of the most important parts of any project is it’s schedule.  The schedule of a project impacts cost and quality.  If your solicitation is silent on schedule, bidders will be forced to make assumptions.  Invariably, their assumptions will vary causing your quotes to have a wide spread. Publishing a schedule brings it’s own set…

What are the phases of work of a typical project?

No matter how big or small, all construction projects follow the same basic phases of work. Spending an appropriate amount of time (relative to project complexity) at each phase can mean the difference between the success or failure of your project.  If you try to skip a phase or fail to perform the proper due…

Every day leadership

In September of 2010 Drew Dudley gave a short talk on the value of everyday leadership and how simple acts we perform every day can unexpectedly make profound positive influences on those around us. I highly recommend checking out Drew’s talk, it is a great way to spend 6 minutes of your day. Drew talks about a moment in his…

Working without a contract? The reasons why Owner’s should never allow it.

In Today’s HGTV world where entire room renovations happen “While you were out” and “Restaurant Impossible” re-brands failing eateries in a weekend, the notion that construction can happen quickly is all too prevalent.  These shows don’t reveal the pre-work that goes into performing these miraculous transformations and they don’t account for the incredible amount of man-power that goes…

Achieving Goals

I struggle a little bit with the fact that his life is shrouded in such controversy, but having listened to his speech ahead of knowing anything about him, I was able to appreciate Bartmann’s perspectives and found myself motivated to strengthen my own goal setting strategies.

A new direction for Procurpro!

The interview I went out to North Carolina for went well. The Company made an offer and I have accepted. I am thrilled to be working with some great people in a great Company.  I begin work next Tuesday. The downside is I won’t be able to continued marketing Procurpro while I work for my new Company….

Are business networking events a waste of time?

Networking is a new concept for me. For most of my life, I have worked for employers where sales were the responsibility of others. The only kind of salesmanship I had to do was to do good work and treat my customers the way they deserved to be treated. This resulted in a good number of repeat…

A new way to work

I was listening to Audible’s Accelerator business series Today. One of the segments addresses a new concept of business management. The segment was called “Let Employees Be People”. It’s published by the Harvard Business Review. It is an interview with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. Dr. Kegan and Dr. Lahey are the co-founders of mindsatwork.com…

A change to my marketing plan

I love using Audible. It’s a great way to get through a book quickly and efficiently. I listen to Audible while I exercise. Recently I discovered that Audible has a free series called Accelerator. Accelerator publishes daily audio content related to business concepts. A recent series discusses how Priceline created a homegrown multilingual organization to serve their…

My Target Audience

Construction procurement is one of those services that benefit any project. Residential owners as well as commercial owners can equally benefit from the value of procurement.

A choice to make.

After successfully completing eight interviews and four behavior and personality tests, it looked like my job-hunt was over.  Except that…the company I did all this for decided that they had to regroup and reconsider whether the role I was interviewing for was actually needed. After all that effort and 4 months of waiting for the next hoop to jump through, I was still unemployed.
How could a $3.5 Trillion Company be so disjointed!

My marketing plan

I do believe that content marketing is a valuable marketing strategy. As such, it is at the center of my marketing strategy, but to satisfy more immediate needs, I also need to employ more traditional marketing techniques.