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Recession-Busting Strategies for Construction Pros - Part I: Four Ways Your Competitors Out-Promote You

April 16, 2009
Many of your competitors will survive this recession, but only a handful will grow stronger. How in the world are they doing it?
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How's Your Project Pipeline?

April 7, 2009
Walking through downtown Nashville last week, I heard a country singer lamenting that he lost his girlfriend, his pickup truck and his construction business. OK, that last one was actually his hound dog, but it won’t be long before we hear songs about the heartbreak of losing construction work.
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YouTube Video: Stunning Thoughts On The Pace of Change

March 20, 2009
I recently received a link to a YouTube video called “Did You Know?” It is fascinating look at the pace of change, including business and employment trends.
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Desperate Times Call For...Simple Measures?

March 4, 2009
I’m amazed at how fast the decline of the U.S. economy has impacted our lifestyles. We are buying far fewer goods and services that we now consider luxuries, and we are slowing the pace of our lives in the process.
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Five Tactics Your Competitors Are Using to Survive the 'New Normal'

February 23, 2009
I live and work in the rather sickly Detroit metropolitan market. Every time I drive by a flooring store, granite shop, plumbing showroom or contractor’s truck, I wonder how they are doing. What steps have they taken to cut costs? How long can they keep going if conditions don’t improve?
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Las Vegas Construction Meltdown

February 11, 2009
I had heard that Las Vegas construction was in huge trouble. According to the reports, the financial meltdown had broken the city’s back. The cranes were idle, the jackhammers silent and the workers sent packing. Put a fork in all those huge building projects--they're dead.
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Are My Bad Weather Blues Good News For You?

January 29, 2009
I’ve cleared my driveway for the 200th time this winter (OK, it just seems like 200 times) only to have it recovered with a fresh blanket of snow before I drive away.
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Are Obama Fans Too Optimistic?

January 21, 2009
Regardless of where you fall in the political spectrum, you are likely looking forward to a change in Washington. If you are a business owner or manager, you are especially excited by the prospects of a new cadre of leaders generating optimism among consumers.
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Only Great Products Will Sustain the Green Movement

January 16, 2009
For the last few years, anything green has received incredible attention. The high price of oil, the threat of global warming, and a strong economy have caused us to view the world through green-tinted glasses. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel like I am drowning in a sea of green.
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I'm Dreaming of These Holiday Mergers

December 23, 2008
The recent spate of mergers caused me to wonder why we--the valued customers of these companies--were not consulted about their unions. I know we could pick better partners.
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