Recession – Yes or No?

Recession – Yes or No?

Recession – Yes or No? Thomas C Schleifer, Ph.D. As the Fed uses interest rates to joust with inflation, everyone wants to know if we’re headed into a recession. The dreaded R word is on everybody’s mind. Do I think we’re in for an immediate recession? How severe will...
Back To the Beginning

Back To the Beginning

Back To the Beginning Thomas C Schleifer, Ph.D. For 30 years I have been researching the causes of construction business failure. The study began years ago when I operated the largest national consultancy firm completing projects interrupted when bonded contractors...
No Guesses – No Surprises, Number Two

No Guesses – No Surprises, Number Two

No Guesses – No Surprises, Number Two Dr Thomas C Schleifer Last week we looked at how a construction CFO crafts a cash flow plan, project by project. A cash flow plan is also an essential part of a construction company’s mid-term (six months to a year)...
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...