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Preventative Maintenance Programs for construction equipment save contractors time and money. Are you leveraging the most advanced equipment maintenance tools to maximize your profits? Unplanned Maintenance vs. Planned Maintenance There are two types of maintenance – planned & unplanned. Unplanned maintenance includes machinery breakdown or emergency maintenance for project equipment like crawler excavators, wheel loaders or dump trucks. In these situations, the project manager or contractor will wait for the part to fail before fixing it, costing time

Ocular Business Myopathy

Posted by Randy Collins on July 6, 2016

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I was talking to a good friend the other day at lunch, and he was describing the first time he realized he needed glasses. He was in a business meeting and during a break, he jokingly picked up a pair of eyeglasses belonging to a business associate and put them on. He always thought the way he saw the world was the way the world really existed. The lines were blurred, the colors muted and
Top Risks Facing General Contractors in 2016 & Strategies to Mitigate Risk General contractors already face difficulty when it comes to getting paid - not to mention getting paid on time. Scope of work issues, inspection problems, change order disputes, contract disputes and a number of other factors can greatly impact the profit margin for a construction project. Each year contractual requirements and litigation are becoming more complicated in the construction landscape, making risk assessment
In the construction industry, projects are the lifeblood of the company. One of the critical management functions for a construction executive is making sure that financials are tightly managed. One way to improve profitability is to utilize accounting software that is designed exclusively for the construction industry. The appropriate construction accounting software solution will help improve the efficiency and profitability of your construction company. Here’s how… 3 Ways Construction Accounting Software Can Save You Money

How Much Time Off is Enough?

Posted by Randy Collins on April 11, 2016

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How does your company handle it’s paid time off policy? Is it traditional? A banked system? Or something more radical and experimental? Employee benefits, including Paid Time Off (PTO), have become a much bigger consideration in the retention of good team members. With technological advances promoting the opportunity for remote workers, the inclusion of the Millennials and their ideas, many companies are breaking the traditional barriers of PTO policy. In the old days, it was

Service With a Smile (When Everyone Wins)

Posted by Ron Smith on March 14, 2016

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One of our Service Contractor customers recently told me that before implementing an integrated Work Order system that he “would not want to have been one of their technicians”. They would previously arrive at a customer’s site with no information on service history, flying by the seat of their pants. This approach created an environment fraught with opportunity for error.  With no past history, the technician would often have to re-learn work that had already
Having seven kids, my wife and I are always looking for ways to engage with them on their level to create shared moments of growth and discussion. One of the unlikely tools we have started to use is Netflix. While this method is probably not taught in any Human Behavior courses or change management process workshops, it seems to work for us. We pick a series and set a time for popcorn and the show (after homework of

Watershed Moment

Posted by Randy Collins on January 18, 2016

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Whether you are basking in the glow of a prosperous and fulfilling 2015 or trying to forget the challenges of last year, we will all most likely have to face another watershed moment in the New Year.  A watershed moment represents a critical turning point when an important change happens. The decisions we make in that moment definitely affects the outcome of our year; however, the attitude and dedication with which we follow our new

Trust

Posted by Randy Collins on May 11, 2015

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Trust is an essential component to any group dynamic. Trust happens at the macro level in our society every day. We “trust” that the driver on the other side of the road careening toward us in a 3,000 pound metal missile is paying attention and not feeling particularly homicidal that morning. When we eat out, we “trust” that social norms of cleanliness and quality were observed when preparing our meal. This level of trust becomes

Even Big Brown Can Let You Down

Posted by Randy Collins on April 15, 2015

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We all mess up, heck even Big Brown messes up. My son ordered a new longboard for our spring break trip to Florida. He paid for overnight shipping so that he could make sure the board was there for our Friday departure. After two missed attempts to deliver by UPS during the week, I called to arrange a pick up at the customer service center. At 7:46 pm on Thursday evening I received a call

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