The Four Seasons of Partnering – Part 2

Hey Construction Nation, Have you noticed that no matter what season you are in, there are specific opportunities and lessons to be learned? Sometimes the lessons come disguised as problems and challenges to overcome. Sometimes they come as ways to soar. But they always come. And they come in cycles, like seasons. Last week we […]

Work Your Assets Off

Dear Construction Nation, I sometimes feel like I am on a hamster wheel. It is hard to stop. It seems endless. It can be tiring, and overwhelming. I think many people feel that way these days. This is probably the main reason so many people are rethinking their work lives right now. According to a […]

Immy & Lisa: The Pyramid of Trust

Dear Construction Nation, This week I had the opportunity to interview Immy Tariq and Lisa Fei, the Wall Street Journal bestselling co-authors of The Pyramid of Trust: How to Create Certainty in an Uncertainty World. Both are serial entrepreneurs, and focus mostly on teaching people to build trust in yourself, your employees, and your customers. Most contractors […]

SOS! We Need Trust Now!

Dear Construction Nation, You likely know that I have been studying TRUST for the past 35+ years. One of my dearest friends, Marilynn Mobley, was the SVP for a company called Edelman, until she passed away. But Marilynn introduced me to the Edelman Trust Barometer. Each year Edelman does extensive research on the level of trust […]

Three Steps to Drive Out Fear and Create Trusted Leadership

Dear Construction Nation, I just kicked-off partnering on a project where the team gave me their list of “risks.” Then, I got an email from the construction executive asking me NOT to use this list. They were afraid to share with the owner’s team their frustration and fear. This is not an unusual situation. Of […]

Does Excellence Cost More?

Dear Construction Nation, Have you ever been baffled by what makes one project team unmistakably high performing, and another team, with a similar caliber of members, fall short of success? This has been a question I’ve studied for over 35 years. I wanted to know; how can we ensure our projects succeed? The good news […]

The Anatomy of a Dispute

Dear Construction Nation,  I once did partnering for a water district project. This was a $50 million project, and it was six months behind schedule and 30% complete when I was called. The contractor and owner had their trailers side by side on the site, but the team did not talk to each other. They […]

Your Culture Transfers to Your Projects

Dear Construction Nation, In 1980 when I joined what is today UCON, I fell in love with construction! I love the people. I love the entrepreneurial spirit. I love thinking up things, and then building them. I love the industry – it is large complex and ever changing. I love that the things we build […]

The Trusted Leader Profile

Over the past year, I created aTrusted Leader Profile for you that is completely revamped and updated from an old version I was using. I am so excited to share this resource with you. The Trusted Leader Profile is an assessment..