The other day, gifted with a rare bit of free time, I decided to visit one of my favorite websites, ESPN.com, and catch up on spring training baseball news. I was met with a brand new site design that was far different to the ESPN I had been used to. My first, natural instinct was annoyance, as the routine navigation paths I formerly relied on were now all different. I had to take a few more moments of my time and re-learn this new site. Quickly though, I found this new design was not just better-looking, it was more functional as well. In the end, I realized significantly more content and enjoyment out of the new site.
There are many reasons to take pride in being part of the construction industry. Ours is an industry that builds wealth and a better standard of living by actually creating something, not just through creative finance. We build and service tangible, practical, and necessary structures and infrastructure. A contractor and everyone working with them on a project can point to that project after completion and say “We did that.” And it is usually something that lasts.
Sometimes, even a bad situation can cast a positive light on just how far technology has helped us simplify our daily lives.
Technology gets a bad reputation at times with the constant connection to the Internet with smart phones, tablets and other devices. Some argue that technology has taken away the “personal touch” of communication. Since I am in the technology industry, I feel that I have to defend all these new technologies in the face of older, sometimes more trusted methods of communicating.
It’s that time of year again here at Dexter + Chaney. The dogwoods are blooming, the mountain snows (what little we had this year) are melting, training staff are giving practice presentations in our training room, account managers are calling through their client lists, and the marketing team is drinking extra coffee. It must be time for our annual Users’ Conference.
A special guest blog by Tyler Pare of FMI
Project managers often control in excess of $1 MM, $5 MM, even $ 10 MM in annual contract revenue and risk. However, project managers often do not view themselves as business managers. They view themselves as middle management – cogs in the wheel of a great machine that churns through backlog year-in and year-out – leaving the business issues up to division managers and executives. FMI Corporation has been on the consulting equivalent of a crusade for more than six decades, attempting to dispel the faulty notion that shrewd business acumen amongst project managers is anything less than essential for successful construction firms. If financial awareness and leadership capabilities are lacking at the project manager level in your organization, consider the tactics below to hone the focus of the most important management echelon in your organization.