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Asset 21

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Building an Enduring Organization in the Engineering and Construction ...

In 1994 Jim Collins and Jerry Porras...

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How Strong Leadership Can Fuel Corporate Boards

Today’s economy continues to offer extensive growth potential for engineering and construction (E&C) companies. Yet,...

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But They’ll Never Retire: Overcoming Management Succession Procrasti...

When construction executives speak of making an...

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A Strategic Framework for Your Building Product Market Research

The most successful companies in the building product manufacturing...

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4 Essential Areas for Developing Construction Talent

When a company takes on the process of building a new building, the first thing...

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Building the Next Generation of Leaders

Identifying & Developing High-Potential Employees Originally printed in CFMA Building Profits Magazine May/June 2018...

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Houston Metrics: Disruptive Times, Disciplined Teams

↓ Monthly Metrics Change is visible everywhere in the construction industry. Thought leaders within FMI...

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Attracting the Next-Generation Workforce, and No, We Don’t Mean Mill...

How to reach the next generation of...

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How Building Product Manufacturers Can Outsmart Amazon’s “Easy” ...

How to develop a business strategy that...

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Take Your Team Leadership to the Next Level: 3 Core Elements to a Hig...

Take a moment to think about the...

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5 Ways Technology Can Help E&C Firms Communicate

Time spent on nonoptimal activities costed the U.S. construction industry an estimated $177.5 billion in...

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Capitalizing Market Research in Construction

Most successful companies in the engineering and construction industry are constantly monitoring the market and...

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Houston Metrics: A Decent Finish - A Stronger Start

Here is the way the permits wound up for 2018; it was a decent year,...

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2019 Outlook and Utility & Communications Construction Update

The utility transmission and distribution and communication industry had...

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Canada’s Top Construction Market Trends

This year’s CanaData conference highlighted the latest trends and provided insights that engineering and construction...

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Houston: Managing the Changes Ahead – The Opportunity and Challenge ...

↓ Monthly Metrics A new year is...

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E&C in Canada: Preparing for Disruption and Change

In comparing the U.S. to Canada, there are both similarities and differences between the two...

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Supporting a Leadership Transition When You Aren’t Picked: How to Pr...

With nearly 50% of CEOs in engineering...

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How Building Products Manufacturers Can Evaluate Sales Performance

The sales assessment process helps to focus internal discussions...

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Help Wanted: Addressing Canada’s Skilled Labour Shortage

A significant contributor to the Canadian economy, construction contributes close to 7% of the country’s...

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Executive Coaching Blog: Me, Myself and I —The Power of Self-Awarene...

Most leaders I’ve met work exceptionally hard....

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Houston: The Key to Tomorrow —Skilled Workforce Development

↓ Monthly Metrics Any person related to the construction...

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Canada: Four Fundamentals of Highly Effective Boards

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

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Characteristics of a Peak Boards Chair

The position of board chair is one of distinction and influence. While it is...

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From Vision to Succession: Why Planning for a Leadership Transition In...

Many leaders throughout the A/E/C industry are...

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Houston: Modify Form. Preserve Substance. Know the Difference.

↓ Monthly Metrics This adage has never been more...

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Developmental Relationships, Part Two: Becoming More Coachable

This is the second article in our two-part series...

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The Behind-the-Scenes Work of the Board – Committees

Research shows that high-functioning boards actively engage in strategy development, risk mitigation, succession planning and...

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Developmental Relationships, Part One: Finding a Coach or Mentor

This is the first article in our two-part series...

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Houston: Get Involved! The Value of Associations

↓ Monthly Metrics Many companies today face an age gap as they plan for leadership...

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The Importance of Onboarding your Directors

Last month’s blog—Creating a High-Impact Board: How to Find the Proper Blend of Competencies, Perspectives...

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Shared Leadership – Part I: Recognizing the Need for a New Leadershi...

The concept of shared leadership has become...

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Senior Leadership Focus and Cracking the Code on Enduring Success

Whether facing tight market conditions or unbridled growth, perennially...

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The Urgency to Prepare for Disruptive Change Builds

↓ Monthly Metrics There are exciting projections for the Greater Houston Area Economy. The most...

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Creating a High-Impact Board: How to Find the Proper Blend of Competen...

It was business as normal until the...

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Four Steps to Implementing Action Learning in Your Organization

“Take action! An inch of movement will bring you...

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Canada: What We Can Expect for M&A Trends in 2018

Building on an already strong M&A market in 2017, the Canadian and U.S. E&C industry...

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Who Will Build Tomorrow?

↓ Monthly Metrics This question looms larger and more relative each day.  For the...

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Offsite Construction – Why it’s important for the Survival of Your...

I think that after you read the...

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Powerful Data Big Questions

↓ Monthly Metrics Discovering meaningful data can be powerful and provocative. Gaining access to...

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Leaving Soon? How to Tell if your Successor is Ready - Succession Pitf...

This is the last article of our...

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Is Truly Disruptive Innovation Imminent?

↓ Monthly Metrics A few years ago, a small group of general and specialty contractors...

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Canada: Looking Forward in 2018 With the Recession in the Rearview Mir...

“Manufacturing technologies are making their way to...

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What the Recent FCC Changes to Net Neutrality May Mean to the E&C Indu...

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications...

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The War for Talent -- A Key Contractor Advantage

↓ Monthly Metrics The war for talent continues and exacerbates. Many industries seek the logical,...

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Houston’s Uniqueness – Pass It On

↓ Monthly Metrics The city of Houston received very favorable national profiling in the...

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The Challenges of Stepping Away: Succession Pitfalls Part 3

This is the third article in our 4-part series examining the topic of CEO...

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Reports from the Field: Subtle Shifts Civil Contractors Can Pursue to ...

It’s been widely reported that the construction...

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The Changing Dynamics of Leadership Development in Construction

In this article, we revisit a familiar theme, leadership...

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Dropping the Ball on Personal Development: Succession Pitfalls Part 2

This is the second article in our 4-part series examining the topic of CEO...

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Board Involvement in Succession Management

Is your board of directors succeeding with succession? The board is responsible for keeping the...

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Houston Market Done Deals – Movers & Shakers

Quanta Services Acquires Stronghold. Ltd. In July, Quanta announced the acquisition of Stronghold for $548...

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Metrics and Musings: October, 2017

Lockers That Don’t Lock The title for this piece comes from a founding principle...

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Board Members, Accountability, and Misguided Loyalty

Have you ever read a news article where directors are quoted giving a glowing endorsement...

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FMI’s September Houston Update: Construction Has Character-Based Lea...

Among the most positive things that can...

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CEO Derailment: The Warning Signs, Succession Pitfalls
Part 1

This is the first of a four-part series examining...

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Cadre Coaching to Build Peak Teams

It is not one husky, but rather 12-16 dogs that make the 1,049-mile trek...

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Houston’s July Metrics: Succeeding at Succession – Part II

Succeeding at Succession – Part II by Pat Kiley...

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Houston’s June Metrics: Succeeding at Succession – Part I

Succeeding at Succession—It Takes Time By Pat Kiley Senior...

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Are You Losing Money From No Communication Strategy?

On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs walked out onto the stage of the Macworld Convention....

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Act Now or Wait Until Tomorrow?

I have studied multiple leadership models over the years but rarely find patience mentioned...

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Plan for Contingencies, Execute Based on the Facts

The election was a big point of uncertainty and contention. With that behind us, many...

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The Isolated Executive: Four Ways to Avoid the Executive Bubble

There is often a sense of mystique about the...

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The Reengineering of the Design and Construction Industry: Getting You...

While design and construction functions are becoming...

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