January 2019
How to get a clean, mean construction-ready machine
Before you take on your first job of the season, it’s vital that your machines go through a tuneup. To ensure reliable operation once the ground thaws, check the maintenance procedures in your operation and maintenance manual and follow these seven tips. 1. Start Early As temperatures rise and...
Exploring the role of volumetric concrete in the future of U.S. infrastructure
Earning an infrastructure report card rating of D+ should be a wake-up call for the United States. At this point, everyone knows that our nation’s infrastructure is failing, and for those of us who work every day in markets like roads and bridges, water systems and airports, it’s becoming even more...
C.A. Murren & Sons’ mottos for continuous growth & profit
Charles A. Murren III, a long-standing client of my consultation business, has always impressed me with his ability to continually seek better opportunities for growth and profit. His company is a model of professionalism, truly achieving best-in-class results. After graduating in 1981 with a...
4 tips for avoiding common time-management traps
Great business owners and executives have a full arsenal of time management tactics to pass on to their employees. But being the boss makes it easier to fall into time-sapping traps of your own. What follows are some of the major time management challenges contractors face and helpful tips for...
Constructing a successful 2019 through digital transformation
When discussing technologies that will have the biggest impact on the construction industry in 2019, it’s important to think about them in the context of how they can support top business priorities. By taking a closer look at the ongoing issues driving these priorities, we better understand how...
3 underlying issues that hiring more people won’t fix
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We asked the experts about trends affecting their strategy this year.
Michael Bordes President AA Jedson Company LLC In a time when it’s difficult to find qualified staff who want to grow with a company into the future, the current issue is the questionable future of our labor force. In the past, when the immigrant labor force came to this country and started...
A look at current tax reform & the road ahead
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) introduced sweeping legislation to reform the Internal Revenue Code. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the act greatly affects how both individuals and businesses plan and structure their entities, taxes and business dealings.Construction businesses in particular need...
What you really need to know about email backups & archiving
Email: We love it; we hate it; we don’t want it; but we need it. However, managing it can be difficult and costly. One of the biggest issues with email is that, as humans, we want to save everything because we have that sinking feeling that someday, for some reason, we might need that email or...
Dispelling the myth of the unicorn leader
Unicorns are perfect, magical creatures, and, as myths go, they aren’t real. In the construction world, a similarly defined individual is being hunted: the “unicorn” leader. This elusive type develops great businesses in a single, entrepreneurial spark and marvelously crafts the foundation of a...
Ways to eliminate problems with communication, collaboration & compliance
Today, millions of general contractors and construction workers will log into a cloud-based management solution. Excavator operators around the world will reach into their trucks and grab their instant communication systems. Right now, project managers are using their phones to send updates to...