Manager's Midweek Minutes

Iron Sharpens Iron - Intentionally Grow Ourselves and Those Around Us

Iron Sharpens Iron - Intentionally Grow Ourselves and Those Around Us
Growing Ourselves and Those Around Us “Associate with people who are likely to improve you. Welcome those whom you are capable of improving. Th...

Don't Get Stuck On Your Goals

Don't Get Stuck On Your Goals

Most people never get off the starting line with their goals due to the overcomplication of the task in their minds. 

In this post, we are going to simplify goal setting and place more effort in taking the first step rather than planning out every last step/detail along the way.

How to Write an Effective RFI

How to Write an Effective RFI

As beautifully drawn as some construction plans are, when brought to application in the field problems are inevitable. The more complex the project the more frequent, extensive, and costly the questions.

In this article, we will discuss best practices for writing a clear RFI that provides answers that are more timely and favorable to our projects.

Less Is More - Declutter These 4 Areas for a Happier, Healthier, & More Effective Life

Less Is More - Declutter These 4 Areas for a Happier, Healthier, & More Effective Life

Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away. - Antonie de Saint-Exupery

What do you want out of life? 

If asked this question, we may have different answers, but at the root of our responses is typically the desire for more money, more time, and less stress.

With that being the case, does the accumulation of more "stuff" get us there?

In this article, we will cover four common areas that unintentionally clutter our lives while we search for satisfaction, and how a quick purge of these will provide instant returns on well-being, time, and money.

3 Must-Have Tools For Construction Project Managers

3 Must-Have Tools For Construction Project Managers

Construction Project Manager's are in constant need of quickly accessible tools to provide documentation of daily communication, clarification for RFI's/submittals/change orders...etc, and additional oversight on their work to maintain a level of professionalism and credibility. 

In this article, we will be discussing three free tools that provide tremendous benefits to construction project manager's daily. With the power of these systems and the zero-dollar price tag, it is a no-brainer to start leveraging these offers today.

The Secret to Dealing with Difficult Customers

The Secret to Dealing with Difficult Customers

"The customer is always right". "Never argue with the customer". "Give the customer what they want". 

We have all heard these age-old phrases and each has some kernel of use in certain situations, but ultimately these sayings can be impossible to maintain when we have five other customers we have promised the moon and finite resources to deliver these promises. 

So what is the better way?

Parkinson's law - Simply Reorganize Your List and Get More Done

Parkinson's law - Simply Reorganize Your List and Get More Done

Have you ever thought to yourself, I'll complete my small tasks first in order to "get warmed up", or "start with small wins", or "to have something early to show for today"?

Although these small victories may feel good, placing them earlier in your day will cause them to take more time and prevent you from getting larger more important tasks completed.

Below we will discuss Parkinson's Law and how a simple reorganization of tasks can not only allow you to get more important projects completed but more work accomplished in less time.

The Pareto Principal - Focus on 20% of Life for Exponential Success

The Pareto Principal - Focus on 20% of Life for Exponential Success

Do you find working 50 and 60 hour weeks exhaustive and depressing? We each enjoy success at work, but desire more time away to spend with family, friends, and other interests.

Would you believe, research on the Pareto Principal supports completing 20% of your current workload and still achieving 80% (and exponentially more) of the results? 

In this article, we will discuss how to recognize and leverage small inputs that produce valuable results. As managers, if we do nothing more daily than focus on achieving this critical 20% of tasks, our organizations and lives would thrive, and we would waste less of our most valuable resource, time. 

Finding Meaning At Work

Finding Meaning At Work

At work, do you find yourself going through your day-to-day activities, only to get home at the end of the day and ask “Is my career meaningful?”

This is a common question that most, if not all, business professionals ask themselves at some point during their career. The key to answering this question is to first look at what you do and identify what about it provides meaning to yourself and to your community. There are several ways to increase your professional well-being, each requiring a deeper look at yourself and what you want to achieve.

Are you a Leader or a Boss?

Are you a Leader or a Boss?

"Only three things happen naturally in organizaitons: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership." - Peter Drucker

Mr. Drucker's statement has rung true in study after study and organization after organization. Research published by The Ken Blanchard Companies has shown the average organization is 50% as productive as it should be, due to poor leadership practices. 

So, what can we do to make sure our organizations are performing optimally and that we, as managers, are part of the solution rather than the problem? In this article, we will cover 3 key differentiators between bosses and leaders. 

Guide to Effective Delegation

Guide to Effective Delegation

Think back to when you started your first job. Can you remember how often your boss or teammates would delegate you items to complete?

At the time, it may have seemed that others were just dumping their workload on you or it may have felt as if you were being handed an opportunity to step up.

Both outcomes are examples of delegation in your life and great teachers of how effective or ineffective managers balance their workloads. So how do we ensure successful delegation on our teams but still maintain control and accountability?

How to Build a Successful Team

How to Build a Successful Team

The methods to flood your office with applicants for a job opening are endless. Unfortunately, as many of us know from experience, finding the right employee is not as easy.

In this article, we will cover a fundamental process everyone should complete within their organization to improve success in attracting, recognizing, and acquiring the right members for their team.