Guest Blog Jan 3, 2017
In September 2016, Fortune magazine quoted a National Association of Homebuilders estimate that there are 200,000 unfilled construction jobs in the United States. And in October 2016, the Association of General Contractors (AGC) said contractors are “still reporting difficulty” filling jobs, with...
Elizabeth Manning Dec 19, 2016
As I stare at the ceiling listening to the metal instruments banging against my teeth, I wonder why dentists don’t place scenic pictures on their ceilings to distract patients. I guess it’s because the patients see the ceiling view more than the dentists do. I can feel the pressure applied by...
Guest Blog Dec 14, 2016
You’ve probably heard the term “sharing economy” in reference to companies such as Uber and Lyft, Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Elance. Resembling a freelance model for society, it’s a new economic model in which people (or services) are being hired directly by consumers, and the employee...
Kathy Wells May 27, 2016
Millennials. They’re the group demographic born between 1980 and 2000, now reaching approximately 75.4 million and officially outnumbering the baby boomers. Most notably defined by their attachment to technology, purported sense of entitlement and laziness, these millennials are permeating topics...
Guest Blog Mar 7, 2016
When OSHA released the revised construction and crane standard (1926 Subpart CC), they required construction riggers and signal persons to be “qualified” by November 2010 and crane operators be “certified” by November 2014. However, the language surrounding certification raised concern with...
Kathy Wells Feb 19, 2016
According to a U.S. Bank study, as many as 82 percent of startups and small businesses fail due to poor cash flow management. Getting paid on time is a common pain point throughout the construction industry and every company needs a to maintain a sturdy cash flow to keep it afloat. The...
Guest Blog Feb 16, 2016
How qualified are your riggers for the work they are doing? Between 65 and 75 percent of all personnel on a construction site with a strap in their back pocket are helpers and not rigging decision makers. When you consider that possibly 7 out of every 10 riggers on your site may not have the...
Elizabeth Manning Jan 30, 2016
With World of Concrete 2016 right around the corner, CBO put together the five things you need to pay attention to before attending the show. Clicking on each number will take you to a must-see link. 1. A Look Back at Last Year Read CBO's coverage from last year's event to make sure you...
Guest Blog Jan 20, 2016
There are those who say the sequel never holds up to the original. The good news is Part II of the Project Manager’s MBA webinar is an electrifying sequel, rivaling that of the Godfather 2 or Empire Strikes Back. What this webinar lacks in special effects and groundbreaking storytelling, it makes...
Kathy Wells Jan 15, 2016
In Part I of “The Project Manager’s MBA” webinar series, speaker and FMI consultant Gregg Schoppman discussed methods for employing MBA-caliber knowledge on your projects. Schoppman, who once worked as a general contractor in Florida, holds an MBA from the University of Tampa and specializes in the...
Guest Blog Jan 8, 2016
Another holiday season has come and gone, and still I am without my jetpack. Growing up, I remember thinking that I was living in exciting times because surely by the time the year 2000 rolled around, we would all be flying to and fro with our personal jetpack units strapped to our backs, fueled...
Guest Blog Dec 29, 2015
I recently presented a webinar called, “The Project Manager’s MBA, Part I,” in which I discussed methods for implementing MBA concepts in a project setting. During the webinar, we explored a list of topics generated from the core curriculum of the nation’s most prominent MBA programs and provided...
Guest Blog Dec 21, 2015
In Part I and Part II of this blog series, we covered how to introduce a new technology to your field-based workforce, how to roll out that new technology and how to train your team with as little kick back as possible. A critical part to owning a new system is that you have a plan for...
Elizabeth Manning Nov 20, 2015
Like it or not, construction software is a no longer just an option for your company. Top competitors have incorporated software solutions into every area of the business—from the office to the jobsite. For business owners wondering where to start, there are many options for information and advice...
Kathy Wells Nov 12, 2015
This week, Construction Business Owner Editor Kathy Wells attended the International Risk Management Institute's 2015 Construction Risk Conference (IRMI) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference brought more than 1,500 general contractors, subcontractors, developers, insurers and insurance brokers...