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Making Your Company a Better Place for Everyone to Work

They say that construction and engineering are male-dominated fields, but is that really the whole...

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Five Reasons Why Millennials Are Great For The Construction Industry

Much has been written about millennials and how they...

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The Big Shift in Construction: Moving from Talent Training to People E...

The fact that most construction firms are...

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Getting Paid: How to Avoid Cash Flow Issues in Today’s Business Envi...

Any principal of a construction firm will...

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Four Ways to Engage Your Employees to Build Loyal Clients

Today’s business environment is very different from six years ago when the pace of economic...

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Navigating a Clear Path to Successful Ownership Transfer

While there are no cookie-cutter solutions for ownership transfer, there are some viable strategies to...

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Creating the Discipline of Execution

In their book “Execution, the Discipline of Getting Things Done,” authors Larry Bossidy and...

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5 Reasons Why Feedback is Crucial in the Workplace

In today’s team-based, fast-paced work environments, the ability to communicate effectively over several channels and...

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Eight Characteristics of Agile Leaders

The race to cultivate and transition leaders into executive positions is on. Is your...

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Five Ways to Get Your Compensation Systems in Order

Is it easy in your market to recruit and retain top estimators, project managers and...

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Four Fundamentals of Highly Effective Boards

When done well, assembling a peak-performing board pays off in dividends for engineering and construction...

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Industry Icons: How to Blend Three Core Management Styles into a Succe...

By Bob Uhler, The Uhler Group As...

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8 Ways Construction Firms Can Plan More Strategically For The Future

For many firms, financial regulators, and homeowners, the most...

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Building Your Digital DNA: Five Key Steps

Today’s new technologies allow industry professionals to link up and share project knowledge across integrated...

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Your Hotline: Building a Better Reporting Mechanism

A strong corporate culture and open lines of communication go a long way when it...

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Three Key Ingredients of an Accurate Cost-to-Complete Estimate

Trade contractors live and die by their ability to...

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10 Ways to Program Customer Loyalty into Your Work

Understanding client behavior – what makes them tick, how they make decisions, how they buy...

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Six Things You Need to Know About Public-Private Partnerships

Through in-depth interviews with more than a dozen public-private...

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Six Global Trade Strategies for Today’s Engineering and Construction...

A relatively new concept for many U.S....

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7 Ethics Best Practices for Construction Firms

Driven in part by regulatory pressure, ethics programs are gaining prominence within firms whose leadership...

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The High-Risk Business of Construction: Why Simulations Are Critical f...

Leaders in the construction industry have long...

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The Data Sprint: Construction Can Catch Up!

It’s all around us. Doctors are looking at patterns of effective care; retailers are watching...

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Is Your CEO Culturally Intelligent?

Whether they are large public businesses or small, family-owned startups, successful construction companies have...

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Must-Have Skills for Today’s Leading CEOs

When companies go looking for a new CEO, they either turn to professional search firms...

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The Four Levels of Organizational Success

Being at the top isn’t easy. CEOs don’t always have other high-level executives who they...

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Your Next-Generation Leaders: Are They Ready?

Many construction leaders assume that leader development and succession issues have blown over since the...

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5 Reasons Why Strategy Fails

Business strategy is a key determiner of how you will invest the limited amount...

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Interpreting the Future: The Value of Strategic Thinking

While you had your nose in the numbers, your competitors were coming up with new...

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Full Speed Ahead for 2016

With the Federal Reserve Board raising fund rates, fuel at historic lows, and consumer...

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FMI's NRCI Executive Summary

At 64.9 for the second quarter of 2015, the NRCI score was essentially unchanged...

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M&A Trends in Oil and Gas

The energy infrastructure market has gone through a period of unprecedented expansion over the...

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Construction Materials

Small, strategic, bolt-on acquisition and corporate divestitures dominated M&A activity in 2014 in the...

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FMI's M&A Trends: Engineering and Construction

Large, transformational deals defined M&A activity in the integrated engineering and construction (E&C) sector in...

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How to Capitalize on Market Information

Most successful companies in the oil and gas engineering and construction industry are constantly...

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Data-Driven Estimating

Create a fact-based filter for project selection and a data-driven mark-up policy that maximizes...

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America's Energy Transformation: Petrochemical Manufacturing's 21st Ce...

Based on exciting trends for the petrochemical...

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Adapting to the “New Normal” in Oil and Gas Construction

How the Market Will Endure Growing Regulatory, Labor and...

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Is Copy-and-Paste Compliance Enough?

An issue that is becoming an ever-increasing challenge in the oil and gas industry...

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Ownership Exit Planning: Is Time on Your Side?

FMI all too often sees owners waiting until the last minute to formulate and implement...

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HR Best Practices: Paternity Leave for the Project Manager

No one would argue the point that the construction industry has a unique culture and...

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Developing Your Personal Social Media Strategy

The Internet has given individuals the power to create their own personal brand. We now...

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Why Strategy Matters in the Oil and Gas Industry

What separates great companies that can consistently achieve high performance over a long period of...

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Six Steps to Successful Management Succession

When leadership transitions from one generation to the next, the resulting transfer of power, influence...

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The Truth About What It's Like Being a Millennial in the Workplace

Millennials have once again been trending in the news,...

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Three Reasons to Embrace an Offensive and Defensive Risk Management St...

Construction projects are always unique and carry...

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Nonresidential Construction Index Dips in Q3

The great man of letters and champion of reason, Voltaire might have been talking about...

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What I Wish Someone Told Me When I Was 25: a Note From Cynthia Paul

For those of you that do not know Cynthia...

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Will Falling World LNG Prices Slow Down the U.S. LNG Boom?

The advent of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the United States has fundamentally changed...

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Information Technology Drives Demand Side Management Program Improveme...

With the growing need for more electricity,...

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FMI Employee Spotlight: Meet FMI's Summer Interns

Summer internships are a great opportunity for young professionals to explore different career paths, gain...

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What's Your Company Worth?

Most business owners have heard of the saying, “it’s all in the details,” and,...

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We Didn't See It Coming: Strategy and Scenario Planning

We all have experienced problems in the workplace where a quick decision needs to be...

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Game On: Going On the Offensive Through Mergers and Sales

Acquisitions and sales have a role to play in times of robust growth and periods...

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10 Key Success Strategies from the Post-2007 Construction Industry

Since the economic downturn hit the construction industry, many...

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Have Oil & Gas Infrastructure Valuations Peaked?

With more than 330 billion in capital expenditures to be conducted over the next four...

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Skill Shortages in a Booming Market: The Big Oil and Gas Challenge

The strains on labor capacity in oil and gas...

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Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor: Trends, 2014 Q1

Each year for the first quarter edition of FMI’s Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor, we ask...

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Creating the Discipline of Execution

In 2002, Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan coauthored a book titled “Execution, the Discipline...

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Great Operations: Bridging the Silos

Done correctly, effective business leaders know that sustainable operational excellence can create a lower...

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Eight Strategies for Grooming Global Leaders

Globalization presents unique leadership development challenges for companies in the construction and engineering fields. Grooming...

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FMI’s Fourth Quarter Construction Outlook, 2013

With our latest forecast and Outlook for 2014, we are seeing good reports from almost...

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Peerless Executive Development

It comes to us as no surprise that in any industry, peer groups offer...

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Sales is Not a Dirty Word

Ask a packed room of industry professionals who wants to be a salesperson, and...

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The 2013 U.S. Construction Industry Talent Development Report: Highlig...

For more than 20 years, FMI has...

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