SURPRISE We’ve Run Out of Money

SURPRISE We’ve Run Out of Money

SURPRISE We’ve Run Out of Money! What surprised me most over the many years my consultancy finished hundreds of jobs for sureties after contractors had failed mid-project was how many contractors were surprised when they ran out of money. Most of them believed...
Construction CFOs – They’re Not Bean Counters

Construction CFOs – They’re Not Bean Counters

Construction CFOs They’re Not Bean Counters Ours is an extraordinary business. Think of the Egyptians who built the great pyramids of Giza with hand tools in the 26th century BC. Or the 20,000 artisans organized to fashion the remarkable Taj Mahal back in 1643. And...
Right Sizing

Right Sizing

Right Sizing Construction firms grow organically. The start-up contractor hires help as he or she goes along adding overhead as needed to handle the expanding workload.  In other words, they are “backfilling” after the work comes in. This is organic growth...
Planning IS Managing

Planning IS Managing

Planning IS Managing Managing a construction company is like steering a 1000-foot container ship. It takes a long time for adjustments at the helm to alter the direction of the bow. There is a lag between deciding to change course and the ship changing direction. It...
INFLATION – 2022/23

INFLATION – 2022/23

INFLATION – 2022/23 Recent conversations with construction CEOs reveal that many industry professionals believe the current inflation spike is only a blip on the economic radar screen that will fade as soon as the supply chain is untangled. I would like to...