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Hiring Vs Recruiting?

  • June 8, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 153). Do you hire or recruit?  This is an important question because the riskiest activity any firm undertakes is employing people. I say this with feeling after more than 20 years of employing people. The consequences of failing to employ the right…

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Why The Why Matters

  • June 1, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 152).  People need to understand the “why", children always want to know why. Why is a small but powerful word that when answered, can provide purpose.  When you encounter poor performing teams, there is a leadership void and sometimes just clarifying the…

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Trust But Verify

  • May 28, 2018

The 3 word definition of building commissioning, "Trust But Verify". Currently this is a technical specialism, in the future it will be handled by IOT and blockchain technology.

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Building Whisperer Commencement Address

  • May 24, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 151).  "You did it, class of ……”, every USA commencement speech I attend includes this for some reason.  I have attended UK and USA university commencements and the differences are fascinating. The British are the most formal and least cliche-riddled and the…

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Women in Engineering

  • May 18, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 150). The Edifice Complex Podcast wants to explore the issues women in engineering face and how they can be addressed in mutually beneficial ways. The goal is to do this by “walking in the shoes” of someone living this experience and coaching where we can. Therefore, the Edifice…

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Freelancer or Entrepreneur?

  • May 5, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 148). Ah, the things I wish I understood when I was young. I used to look at my boss and think to myself, what does he do all day? We do the work and he just sits in the office or goes…

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Delusion is an Opportunity

  • April 28, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 147). During a light hearted discussion about the current state of the building design and construction industry I was challenged to list all the delusions I see today in the industry press and in actual practice.  My conclusion? There is a “bubble”…

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