When it comes to learning – you’re a chicken. A free-range chicken, to be more specific. I’m not implying you are frightened. Not a “chicken” in the 8-year-old insult sense of the word. When it comes to learning, you’re like a free-range chicken… you’re a free-range learner. You’re in constant motion, busily moving from activity to activity throughout the day.
In business so often what one wants is a silver bullet, that one solution that will solve everything, improve the whole business in one swoop. This of course does not exist and so what we need to do is accept the fact that we need to use a range of tools and technique to run our business and not keep searching for the silver bullet. Let's think of it this way, even if there were a silver bullet, it only is useful for ONE thing (ie in folklore killing a werewolf) so it’s actually a misnomer, a silver bullet is only useful for ONE problem, not everything!
Mel Tucker is the new Defensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears. In theory, that’s a good gig.
During Operation Desert Storm in the early 90s, France’s decision to not support the U.S. intervention revived an old joke from the World War II era.
BENCHMARK Roundtables 2013, November 6th & 7th 2013 Scottsdale AZ Professional Builder Hosts Leading Builders in One-day Peer-to-peer Business Tune-up
Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, the SpaceX project, and the promising new Tesla Motor Company, is the kind of entrepreneur you want to have in your neighborhood. He is the Bill Gates of his generation, creating good, high-paying jobs that will likely last for years.
Not so long ago basements were merely utility space, but those days are gone. Two projects presented in the September edition of Custom Builder include basements that figure prominently in their respective plans.
There’s a lot of testosterone on the jobsite. And there’s always plenty of stress. This can be an explosive combination.
Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and countless other destructive weather events cost billions of dollars in damage in North America every year. Specifically, storm damage accounted for more than $110 billion in 2012 alone. These storms leave devastating footprints that take communities years to recover.
Three stories jolted me in quick succession last week.
A good predictor tool for rework and cost impact on a construction project is the Field Rework Index (FRI). Take a past project on which you have good data on rework, waste and costs. Then cast your mind back to the design and construction stages of that project and then score each of the question listed below from 1-5, with 1 being the best rating. You can also do this evaluation as a team. See if this score is giving an accurate estimate of rework and cost impact based on your hard data on that past project.
This 2,800-square-foot plan utilizes Lean design to combat narrow-lot woes.
In the fall of 1998, I attended my first Benchmark Conference as a new senior editor on Professional Builder magazine. What struck me about the gathering was the camaraderie among industry competitors. It was a large group, about 300 attendees, and yet it felt like a small reunion of old friends. And, as our columnist Scott Sedam told me when I met him there, not only was it a reunion of old friends, but it was also a continuation of the same conversation—how to sell more, build better, build faster and drop more money to the bottom line.
As we continue to distance ourselves from an economic downturn that had a deep impact on the remodeling industry, one key variable is still evolving at a brisk pace and that is the introduction of new products to the remodeling industry. Rarely a day goes by without a new product announcement landing in an email in box of the Professional Remodeler editorial staff. Of course, the pace picks up in the days and weeks prior to the industry’s major trade shows when dozens of new products are unveiled.
We were winning by several touchdowns when I got the nod. “Just hand the ball off, stay in bounds, & keep the clock running...”