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

For more than 20 years, FMI has...

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Nonresidential Construction Index Fourth Quarter 2013

After hitting its highest marks in the last two quarters, the NRCI dropped 2.9 points...

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Nonresidential Construction Index Fourth Quarter 2013 Highlights

After hitting its highest marks in the last two...

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Capitalize on Market Information

The importance of market information and data has always been significant. However, when times...

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FMI’s 2013 Prefabrication and Modularization in Construction Survey

According to FMI’s 2013 Prefabrication and Modularization in Construction Survey, only 40% of all...

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Partnering for Profitability

Since the design and construction industry embraced the partnering concept almost 25 years ago,...

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If You Want World Class Operations, Focus on the Foreman

What sets world-class contractors apart from average and struggling contractors? World-class contractors all have incredible...

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Tenets of Transfer

FMI’s Investment Banking Group has assisted thousands of contractors in planning and executing the...

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Construction Estimating Software UserView, 2013

Software Advice, a company that helps people find the right software for their companies, recently...

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The Basics of Cost-to-Complete Forecasting

For the first eight months, the project manager had been telling them that it was...

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Nonresidential Construction Index Third Quarter 2013 Highlights

The NRCI Index for Q3 of 2013 = 60.3....

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Formulating an Acquisition Strategy

Running an effective and successful acquisition search is a major undertaking for any business....

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Six Keys to Customer Service

In pursuit of a winning edge in today’s hypercompetitive construction markets, contractors have trimmed...

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The 25th Annual State-of-the-Industry Report

FMI recently released The 25th Annual State-of-the-Industry Report, which covers design and construction markets for...

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FMI’s Second Quarter Construction Outlook, 2013

The improvement in residential construction is the primary area of growth in our latest forecast....

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Four Essential Steps in Acquiring Profitable Work

Acquiring work, in particular profitable work, in today’s economic climate has never been more challenging....

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Reinvesting in Training: What to Consider

We at FMI are seeing an increased interest in training from our clients. Perhaps you...

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Help Software Advice Evaluate the Effectiveness of Estimating Software

I was asked by Derek Singleton, managing...

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Leadership Development Tactics for the A/E/C Industry

The A/E/C industry has recently gone through an increasingly difficult recession, forcing most leaders to...

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NRCI Second Quarter 2013 Highlights

“I think I can. I think I can,” said the Little Engine that Could....

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Let Us Hear How Your Company is Attracting, Developing and Retaining I...

Now that the economy has started to...

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Adding Science to the Art of Leader Selection

When the time comes to select a new leader, difficult questions arise, such as whether...

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Assess Your Leadership Pipeline

Succession planning is a continuous and systematic process that should be tied to the...

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FMI's First Quarter Construction Outlook, 2013

Although the strength of individual markets is shifting, the forecast for total construction put in...

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From the World of Sports to the Business World: Leveraging Strengths t...

What do Michael Jordan, Bart Starr and...

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Social Media Isn't New: Even Cavemen Did It

Your web page just received its 5000th “Like” and your team is sharing high-fives around...

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Beyond Vertical Integration: The Re-engineering of the Design and Cons...

FMI is proud to present its latest...

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Are You Ready To Transfer Ownership of Your Company?

According to “FMI’s Ownership Transfer and Management Succession Survey,” only 47% of respondents believe they...

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Preparing to Lead Tomorrow's Workforce Today

There are many clear and immediate impacts of the Great Recession in the construction industry....

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NRCI First Quarter 2013 Highlights

The NRCI index score of 58.1 for the first quarter of 2013 matches the...

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A Growing Trend: The Talent Shortage in Construction

“For the last two years, there has been a sharp drop in the unemployment rate...

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Twelve Essential Roles for CFOs

The economy is driving all contractors toward highly sophisticated financial management to survive the...

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Making Change Stick

When a new year begins, it is typical for leaders to reflect on the...

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NRCI Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights

Jobs, projects and project funding — that has been the focus of the construction...

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Reading the Tea Leaves

Every day we are bombarded by news and information. We assailed by thousands of...

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FMI's 2012 Industry Trends

FMI shareholders met in late 2011 and identified several key trends they felt would...

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Who Really Cares About Ethics?

“The construction industry has not done a good job of regulating itself,” says FMI’s...

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The Future of the A/E/C Industry

On October 29, 2009, FMI hosted a one-day workshop in Chicago, attended by more...

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Beware the Upturn: NRCI, Third Quarter, 2012

Beware the upturn. According to a number of comments and results we received when we...

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What’s Ahead for the Construction Industry?

FMI recently was honored with a surprise guest speaker at its monthly staff meeting in...

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Doing What You Promised, On Time

So many people are urging contractors to refrain from defaulting to the tag line...

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Financing Energy Efficiency Projects

Buildings use more than 70% of the electricity generated and more than 40% of...

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Money Builder: Developing a World Championship Team (Statistically Spe...

In 2002 the Oakland Athletics were confronted...

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Redefining Leadership: Strategic Thinking in Today's VUCA World

Leaders in the design and construction industry have long...

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Mobile Technology and the Construction Industry

Guest blogger John Chaney, co-founder of Dexter + Cheney, a Seattle-based company that specializes in...

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FMI’s Second Quarter NRCI, 2012

The NRCI index moved up slightly to 59.8, our highest score since its inception....

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The Federal Construction Sector: Understanding a Transforming Market

Based upon federal budget constraints, shifting national security priorities...

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Create a Culture of Wellness

Health and wellness is a hot topic for many companies that are trying to...

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Construction Project Health: The Story of Earned Value

Guest blogger John Chaney, co-founder of Dexter + Cheney, a Seattle-based company that specializes in...

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Developing High Potentials

Avoiding turnover completely is unlikely, as it is not always easy to increase salaries...

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FMI’s First Quarter Outlook, 2012

FMI’s forecast for total construction put in place for 2012 is an increase of...

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Construction Cash Flow - Your Project's Lifeline

FMI is happy to welcome back John Chaney, co-founder of Dexter + Cheney, a Seattle-based...

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The Science of Efficiency and Productivity

The race to the bottom has been fierce and bloody. The current perception of the...

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Cloud Computing – It’s Here to Stay

Every now and then, we will be having guest bloggers to contribute to our...

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How is Your Company Using Social Media?

What is social media? It is a collection of online media, such as Facebook,...

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Unfair Advantage

Contractors need every trick in the book to find and win the work they...

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