Stop Letting Power Imbalances Undermine Your Team

Hey Construction Nation! Do you have power imbalances on your projects? Within your business? Well today we are going to take a look at this phenomenon. Here is an example: The owner hired a designer to develop bridging documents (BDD). Now the designer of record (DOR) is designing the facility and the DOR feels that […]

Want to Know the Secret to Creating Great Project Teams?

Dear Construction Nation, Great project teams are developed by great leaders and that is exactly what Jeff Sims brings to each project and program he works on. Please join me today in learning about the secrets to creating great project teams with Jeff Sims.  I first met Jeff when he was leading a large scientific […]

Two Methods That Will Transform Your Problems

The first rule of problem solving is “don’t become part of the problem!” Yet how many times do you see people stir things up and add fuel to the fire, making it much harder to solve the problem you are working on? I know we all do this from time to time. We have strong […]

The Project Risk Gap with Geoff Neumayr

Dear Construction Nation,  How many projects have you been on where there is an ongoing conflict over who is responsible for the financial issues on your project? We try to create contracts and delivery methods for taking the “hot potato” of risk and passing it on to someone else – the designer, general contractor, subcontractors, […]

The Two Secrets for Creating GREAT Deals!

Howdy Construction Nation! Did you ever wonder how master negotiators are able to negotiate deals when everyone else thought it was impossible? They can bring together warring factions to create never-done-before ideas that transform the people and businesses involved. This was the case when the business manager of a plumbers’ local union went out on […]

The Victim/Villian Paradox

Construction Nation, When my father died my mom came to live with us. She was an identical twin. All her childhood she had been bullied by her twin sister, and her mother to some extent. This did two things: it made my mom very strong and it made her slip into a victim mindset. This […]

Your Project Team’s Primary Role

Dear Construction Nation, Have you ever worked on a project where it seemed that all the team did was argue about the budget or schedule? I seem to be on this type of project all the time!! The owner feels the contractor is trying to take advantage of them. The contractor and subcontractors feel they […]

Creating a High-Trust Owner’s Team

Hey Construction Nation! All of you have seen what a dramatic impact the pandemic had on airports all over the U.S. and world. This week I had a chance to interview Judy Ross, the Assistant Director of Aviation for the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. She and her team weathered the challenges and […]

The USACE Goes All In On Partnering

Dear Construction Nation, In 1982 I was asked to be a part of the President’s Council for Productivity Improvement for the construction industry. At the time Congress was afraid that our poor productivity levels in construction were going to prevent the U.S. from competing in the new global marketplace that was emerging. So, there were […]

Mega Project Success Factors 2022

Hello Construction Nation,  Here is some food for thought…. 65% of mega projects fail according to a 2015 study done by the Construction Industry Institute (CII).  70% of construction projects fail according to a 2020 mega project study by University College London (UCL).  I’ve seen and heard about how mega projects keep failing for decades. […]