September 2018
Examining rental factors that align strategy with efficiency goals
In today’s construction environment, the name of the game is agility. With concerns about labor and job complexity, contractors are constantly looking for ways to make their businesses more nimble and profitable. Utilizing rental equipment is a cornerstone of building and maintaining a versatile...
What do you do when expensive equipment vanishes?
As a contractor, there is no worse feeling than arriving at a jobsite only to realize expensive equipment has vanished. Low recovery rates make stolen equipment a huge financial challenge, and without a source of asset protection or a recovery method, construction businesses are often left asking...
Exploring your management methods
Thirty-eight years of exposure to the construction industry have provided me with a look at a broad spectrum of industry leaders, leadership styles and insights into a correlation between those varying styles and company success. These leadership styles have, of course, evolved over time and will...
Business leaders should invest in employee education
There is always much discussion surrounding education, beginning with preschool and spanning all the way through the post-college years. And the question is always the same: How do we improve the quality of education to better prepare everyone to find their talents and equip them with the knowledge...
We asked the experts about the future of the construction industry
Albert A. Cervero Senior Vice President, Construction, Mining...
Using fleet management systems to achieve beyond-basic visibility
Many midsize general contractors are implementing technology solutions to help them stay competitive and relevant in construction. In today’s digital world, the time has come for business owners to realize the benefits that technology brings to automating business processes and allowing field...
2 leaders using alternative methods to recruit, engage & retain a better workforce
In July, the construction unemployment rate hit 3.4 percent, the lowest monthly figure since January 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, the industry added 19,000 jobs. It’s safe to say the entire industry is feeling the effects of the skilled labor shortage. It’s...
Build a culture of safety and get true company buy-in
Anyone involved closely with workplace safety has heard presentations, webinars or people just generally talking about the need to develop an organizational “culture of safety” in order to reap long-term, incident-reduction benefits. It’s a term that, despite being around since the Chernobyl...
Preprogram and store attachment settings with these systems
Today’s crawler and wheel excavators offer technologies that make it easier for equipment owners and operators to minimize mistakes while using hydraulic-powered attachments. In fact, the integration of more sophisticated technologies, such as in-cab monitors, continues to improve attachment...
What to avoid when working toward your next career phase or retirement
For most construction business owners, the sale of the company is the largest and most impactful transaction of their lives. The proceeds will likely be the main funding source for the next phase of their lives and provide financial freedom for them and their families. While every business...
3 key factors for developing your leadership approach & driving the success of your business
Today’s business environment requires a different kind of leader. Changing dynamics within internal environments and external landscapes are forcing leaders to think and act differently with increasing regularity. Today’s leader is required to be agile, responsive and innovative, collaborative...
Digging deeper for a long-term solution for your teams
Leaders are usually quick to act. However, without careful examination of a problem, leaders often make decisions that simply treat a symptom, rather than address the true cause of an issue. Great leaders don’t make decisions based on superficial information; instead, they dig deep enough to...
Lisa Lingerfelt on project management & personal growth
Are leaders born, or are they made? Is it nature, or is it nurture? Decades of research concludes that it is a mix of both, and construction management professional Lisa Lingerfelt is a testament to this conclusion. Lingerfelt, DPR Construction’s Mid-Atlantic business unit leader, recently chatted...
Exchanging the negative stereotype for the facts that work in your favor
Most people in the construction industry have heard of the term “mechanic’s lien.” But if you ask anyone to explain what a lien is, how it works or even how the word is spelled, you will likely learn that their knowledge about mechanic’s liens is basic at best. Aside from a general awareness that...
Where to focus—& not focus—your attention to work smarter & grow bigger
I recently returned from a trip, throughout which I coached clients from four different construction companies. The owners of these companies come from different backgrounds, have different goals for their businesses, employ teams with varying roles and personalities and entertain projects of...