• two for one employee - labor burden

    The Two for One Employee

    When the recession hit its peak in 2007-2010 next to the call from individuals needing jobs I received calls from employers for advice on reducing labor burden, aka “Who gets let go.”  Most of them had already cut back […]

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  • commute dispute

    The Commute Dispute

    Today as my husband and I lovingly parted ways for the day, he shared with me a dream he had about getting in an accident that seemed so real. He followed it with how many accidents there were on his […]

    2 weeks ago, by flccadmin
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  • Go-No-Go

    Know When to Hold Them, Fold Them and Especially When to Walk Away

    The afternoon of March 15th I walked out of an appointment to the receptionist telling me the new FIU bridge had collapsed. My heart sank as I prayed there were no fatalities which of course I knew was most […]

    3 weeks ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction PTO

    What is PTO in Construction?

    Traditionally in construction, employers offer separate paid time off benefits to employees which including paid vacation, sick leave and personal days. However, in the past decade, many employers in our industry have moved to a Paid Time Off or […]

    4 weeks ago, by flccadmin
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  • Construction Stress

    You’re Stressing Me Out!

    All of us have inborn stressors. Each person’s stressors vary depending on how you profile. How and when we react to our inherent stress triggers, control our behavior towards stress and allow us to logically or illogically make business […]

    1 month ago, by flccadmin
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  • meritocracy

    Likeability, Longevity or Meritocracy?

    Do you run a Meritocracy at your company? Once you do, it will be simple for you to answer the question I often ask employers regarding their uncertain employees. “Do they make you money, save you money or not? […]

    1 month ago, by flccadmin
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  • grammar-and-communication-construction

    How are Your Communication Skills Construction?

    Sad to say we have many people in our workforce that were born and raised right here in the US that have less than acceptable written communication skills. Many employers when interviewing take a candidate’s word to their ability […]

    2 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • accept-offer-prayer

    Will you accept this offer today?

    by Ernesto Garcia I recently joined FLCC and as some of you may know our primary objective is to find leadership talent that helps corporations build different type, of projects. It’s been fascinating to learn about how a group […]

    2 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • credibility interview

    Credibility – Can you interview for it?

    Credibility is trustworthiness, reliability, integrity. It’s the process of being believed in. Construction is an industry that moves at the speed of light. It takes coordination and communication with multiple parties to complete many of the next steps. The […]

    2 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • sub-conscious

    Sub-Conscious

    Does your day ever go by so fast that you look back and wonder what you missed? Often in construction we miss getting a sub-contractor what they need to move the project forward. Conscious not to be confused with […]

    2 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Be My Valentine

    Be My Valentine?

    Remember the first grade Valentine’s day parties? It was required you bring a card for everyone in the class. Even at that formative age, giving a valentine to someone that might not be so sweet stirred emotions, as did […]

    3 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • grieve-to-achieve

    Grieve to Achieve

    This past year was a particularly tough year for me losing four close family members including my dad.  Most people associate grieving strictly with death.  On the contrary death just tops the list of the many life events we [...]

    3 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • teddy-bear-bugatti

    The Teddy Bear behind the wheel of the Bugatti

    DiSC for Workplace Priority Scale for D Profile After many years now of administering the DiSC profile assessment to leaders in the construction industry we have discovered the majority of them profile with the Dominant (D) at the forefront. [...]

    3 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit - WOTC

    Employment-Based Tax Credits Are a Big Win for You and Job Seekers Alike

    By Shane M. Finn and Christopher Marrie With the cost of doing business constantly on the rise and as it becomes more difficult to find quality employees, there is no better time to pursue employment-based tax credits. There are […]

    3 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • sexual harassment

    Don’t Let “Me Too” Become “My Business Too”

    As the calendar turns to 2018, there clearly is a renewed focus on sexual harassment in the workplace. Indeed, from the high profile cases coming out of our political arena in Washington, DC, to the outing of high profile [...]

    3 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • 2018 Hiring Helpers

    2018 Hiring Helpers

    Let’s start your year off with an assessment to see how you rate on preparing to hire for your company. The unemployment rate is down. Top performers are difficult to find and they are more likely to hire on […]

    4 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Our Career Matchmaking team at Florida Construction Connection celebrates this holiday season with thankfulness to each person that chose to work with us for your hiring needs or right career match. We appreciate your ongoing gift of referrals and […]

    4 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Communication Successes

    Give the Gift of Communication – It Keeps on Giving

    As we gather for our year end festivities and express our gratitude for the people we work with, it is an excellent occasion to share the successes of the company with the team. In addition the end of the […]

    5 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • furthering your education

    Give yourself and your career a gift this holiday season

    Many construction companies share the successes of the year by gifting employees with a cash gift or bonus during the holiday season. It is a token of appreciation for the hard work each person put in during the year. […]

    5 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Communication Success and Failures

    Grow Your Business with an Attitude of Gratitude

    As the year draws to a close, you are likely taking some time to review the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2017 as you plan for next year. Such introspection and planning is important to maintaining a […]

    5 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • help veterans, veteran focused charities, veteran

    Combat Boots to Hardhats – What you can do to help our Veterans

    For a military member, the transition from their military career to a civilian career can be quite jarring. For many service members the only experience they have with an employer is what they have gained in the military, which […]

    6 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • hire a veteran, veterans, veteran, construction, benefits

    Debunk the Myths – Hire a Veteran

    Veteran’s Day is one of the many times we are reminded to honor those who have served our country, to remember the sacrifices and hardships our service members faced in the line of duty. It is also one of […]

    6 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • veterans, career advice, civil engineering, civilian career, construction

    Lost in Translation – How You Can Ease the Transition into a Civilian Career

    Within the fabric of the military structure, the Civil Engineering career field is the military’s equivalent to the construction industry. Civil engineering in our armed forces includes numerous sub-industries such as: electrical work, construction of roads and bridges, construction for […]

    6 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • jobs, job, resume, hiring, recruiters

    FINDING A JOB CAN BE A JOB

    There are many factors today which affect your ability to find a job right for you and securing the position.  Let’s discuss some of those elements and address how you can increase your odds of going back to work. […]

    6 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • natural disaster preparedness plan

    Don’t let a Natural Disaster take you by Surprise

    Natural disasters seem to be happening more often across the country. From the fires on the west coast and the hurricanes slamming the south east to the barrage of snowstorms we can expect as winter approaches, there will certainly be […]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction-force-majeure

    Is your Contract Hurricane Ready?

    As we begin to near the end of what is potentially the costliest hurricane season on record, those affected are left thinking, what now? In the construction industry, this question can be particularly troublesome.  Hurricanes bring projects to a [...]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Emergency Preparedness Plan

    Business Disaster Preparedness Plan

    As per HurricaneSafety.org, Hurricane Preparedness Plan does not end at home. An often over-looked segment of hurricane safety is the workplace. Whether or not you are an employee or an employer, it is essential to take proactive steps in […]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • natural disaster

    What’s fair for time off before and after a natural disaster?

    When a natural disaster strikes there is often a significant amount of uncertainty regarding how to handle absenteeism related to the natural disaster. Before hurricane Irma slammed South Florida, many residents chose to evacuate the area rather than stay […]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • contractors heroes

    Contractors- Heroes after Disaster Strikes

    Our neighborhood participates in a private social network called Nextdoor.  It has been fascinating to watch the different posts before and after IRMA made landfall and observing the differing attitudes among the posters regarding the contractors who answered the […]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • the d personality

    Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – The D Personality Profile

    After many years of DiSC coaching, specifically for the Construction Industry, looking back there is a pattern with the majority of individuals we profile as a "D". D is known as a dominant profile, and those that do not [...]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • vulnerable trust

    Vulnerable Trust – Nothing to do with Stealing

    Patrick Lencioni, author of the top selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, describes the 5 dysfunctions of a team and uses a pyramid to show the levels: Absence of Trust Fear of Conflict Lack of Commitment Avoidance [...]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • behaviors

    The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

    The Model introduces The Five Behaviors model in the context of a real team. It explains how the behaviors derive from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, and describes how critical [...]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • everything DiSC

    Get to Know Everything DiSC

    So what is Everything DiSC? Everything DiSC is a simple,  powerful model of human behavior – helping you to understand yourself and others better. It's possible to have a stronger, more efficient work team, and  the DiSC model is the secret! DiSC has [...]

    8 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • contractor friend or foe

    Owner / Developer – Are You A Contractor Friend or Foe?

    It amazes me how many times a wealthy individual who is involved in financing a project will get into the minutiae of construction when they have a contractor working for them that is a practiced professional in construction. In […]

    9 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • project-manage-people

    Do You Project Manage People?

    by Suzanne Breistol My husband John, President of a Real Estate Development firm, with a foundation in construction management, was coaching our talent acquisition team with me recently. We were discussing the different characteristics that make an estimator successful […]

    9 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • interview-behaviour

    Interviewing for Behavior

    Many interviewers get caught up in what a person has been doing in their most recent position and never move beyond that.  They rule someone in or out based on assuming that person can’t, or won’t, be able to [...]

    9 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • SFL-salaryranges-2017

    South Florida Salary Ranges – General Contractor Vertical Building 2017

    Updated 07/2017 Compiled by: Suzanne Breistol Florida Construction Connection, Inc. 10 Fairway Drive, Suite 302, Deerfield Beach, Florida, 33441 Phone: 305-361-0094 x 11 |  Cell: 954-614-8915 suzanne@flccmail.com - http://www.FloridaConstructionConnection.com The base salary is reflected only. When accepting a new position [...]

    9 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Estimator Wiring

    Operational Leaders: Do You Understand Your Wiring vs the Wiring of an Estimator?

    Back in 2014, I wrote an article for ASPE National’s newsletter titled: Estimators, You’re on the Top Occupations List! The prediction by the US Department of Labor is that 40,000 new estimating jobs would be created in the construction industry [...]

    10 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Estimating & Preconstruction

    The Estimating and/or Preconstruction Management Career Path – What is a day in the life?

    Estimating and preconstruction titles. They are used in crossover often, yet someone can work in preconstruction and not ever have prepared a detailed estimate before. Where did the crossover come in? The crossover came in when the majority of [...]

    10 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction senior estimator

    Estimators: You’re on the Top Occupations List!

    This article was published by Estimating Today on February 2014 Edition. To see full magazine, click here. In 2010, at the height of the recession, I was asked to do a presentation for ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators) […]

    10 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • wp_HR-construction-hiring

    HR and the Construction Hiring Process

    Having over 20 years of construction staffing, along with education, volunteer service and work experience in the construction industry, weeding through resumes is still challenging. I often say; some of the best candidates have the worst resumes and some […]

    11 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • employer HR checklist

    Employer HR Check-up

    Yes or No Do I have someone in my organization that is responsible for Human Resources (HR), whether officially titled HR or not? If answered yes: Is this person responsible for keeping my organization staffed? Is this person responsible [...]

    11 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Mentor and Leader

    Mentoring With Our Backs Turned

    Flash back 30 years or more in the construction industry and you will find that the majority of the individuals that started at that time had to, as it was called, “pay their dues”.   The interesting part about that […]

    12 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • being mentored

    Three Steps Forward – To Mentor or Not

    Rarely within construction companies today do you see official written and followed mentoring programs. If you currently have a mentor or mentors that you communicate with on a regular basis, then you are fortunate.  You have probably already realized […]

    12 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • featuredbook-mentoring101

    Featured Book: Mentoring 101 by John Maxwell

    Ask the best leaders in any organization how they learned to be successful, and you often hear the same answer: they had a good mentor. Mentoring 101 is a very short and practical read authored by a well-known expert on […]

    12 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • easter-passover_wp

    Happy Passover & Happy Easter!

    Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is an eight-day spring holiday that celebrates the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. Easter, derived from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • MoreVolume_blog

    More Volume Does Not Mean More Profit

    The DBIA, in a publication titled “ Design Build Done Right”  , define project delivery as “a comprehensive process including planning, design and construction required to execute and complete a building facility or other type of project.” Choosing a […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • BigVsSmall_blog

    Big Company, Big Project vs The Majority

    What size company do you feel is best for you to work with? Under 10 Million Under 10-25 Million 25-50 Million 50-100 Million 100+ Million How this question is answered often reflects someone’s perception of what a company doing […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • BassContest_wp

    Contest Time!! →We Have a Winner!

    Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success! Congratulations Diana V., the winner of the $100 Bass Pro Shop Gift Card - Safety Poll contest! Here are the results of all your answers: Are you OSHA Certified?OSHA [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • bookCover_wp

    Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

    The President of the Company greets you at the door for your interview. You see their project signs everywhere. You can’t believe he is personally taking time to interview you and you have an opportunity to work for this [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • 2017-03-welcomeAboard

    The Proof is in the Pudding

    We ask the question to every candidate we interview “What is the position/positions you are interested in pursuing?” Most candidates will check off a position such as Vice President and in addition many candidates experienced only in an entry [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • handshake_wp

    Resigning the Right Way

    January: the month of review and the most common month to analyze our lives over the past year and add the totals of gains and losses. When it comes to employment, often we discover that another year flew by, […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • Web

    When an Employee Needs You to Listen or They May Resign

    Just when you think the team is all moving in the right direction an unexpected resignation comes your way. Your first reaction is to try to get them to stay anyway possible. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Either […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • ValentineDay_wp

    Remember Those You Love!

    Valentine's Day is around the corner, and with it comes the challenge of finding a very special way to tell your partner that you love him or her. This is particularly tricky for people who are being careful about [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • servey_wp

    Do you LOVE your job?

    So how do you really feel about your job? Is it a resounding love and passion for what you're doing? Is it lukewarm or teetering between like and hate? To find a well-thought-out answer to this seemingly simple question, take this [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction project manager

    Part 1: Stay Positive

    Fear “Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.” ~Frederick Smith When fear enters a person’s thoughts causing unsure feelings they tend to stay in their comfort zone and not explore options. When you are […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • setGoals_wp

    Part 2: Set Goals

    By Suzanne Breistol It is proven through many research studies that few people set goals and a high percentage of those that set goals rarely keep them. It is proven that just by setting the goals, even if you […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • stayConnected_wp

    Part 3: Stay Connected

    By Suzanne Breistol The old saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has a lot of truth to it. Maintaining relationships and not burning bridges is key to building both a career and a company. Staying […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • smartGoals_wp

    SMART Goals

    What is a SMART goal? How do you write an effective SMART goal? It’s never too late to look at your life and ask yourself “Is my life really how I want it to be?” Each new day can represent […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • safety-in-organization

    Small to Mid-Size General Contractor – Who Should Handle Safety Within Your Organization?

    It is easier to say who the buck should not lie with from an overall company stand point. That would be anyone who is not solely dedicated to a safety director or risk manager job. Too often a dual […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • superintendent-safety-manager

    Superintendent – Is Becoming Your Company’s Safety Manager or Director a Smart Career Move?

      The push for safety awareness for the construction industry in the US is up. The 14,000 average deaths a year has not gone down in over a decade and it is not because people in the industry are […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • vote-construction-issues

    Vote and Vote on the Employment Issues!

    Back in 2012 before the election we wrote an article titled “Do you Approach Voting and Hiring in the Same Way?” In the article we mention: “ The right candidate is the one that not only has the top […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • 2016-presidential-candidates

    2016 Presidential Candidates – More in common than you think!

    Who do the two personality types below sound like to you? The first one: Is the most fast-paced of the styles. They are quick to act. They are often the most charming of this style, probably because it’s easier […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • usa-obituary

    The Obituary

    In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • thanksgiving2016

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    At Florida Construction Connection we are thankful for you and the Construction Industry as a whole.  We are thankful for the freedoms we have in our country.  We encourage you to take time to study the issues at stake [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction sustainable growth

    Sustainable Growth

    A key person leaves the company. A client defaults on a contract. The company is part of a lawsuit, receives a safety fine or gets hit with an unexpected tax liability. These are just a few of the things [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • Construction career growth

    Sustainable Career Growth

    Many are still suffering from the aftermath of the recession, yet for most in our industry, their personal approach is that it will never happen again in their lifetime. If you are under the age of fifty-three, with the [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • attitude-at-workplace

    Attitude in the Workplace

    It may seem as if skills and experience are the most important characteristics of an employee, but attitude plays just as big of a role. After all, what good are great professional skills without the attitude to see it [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • givers-or-takers-construction

    It’s a Scary Thing…

    I celebrate with you for the work and jobs now available in our industry and feel for you with the challenges that go with sustainable growth and personal life balance.  Unexpected circumstances are a way of life these days […]

    3 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • caps_lock

    BIG IS NOT BETTER IN NETIQUETTE!

    Are you trying to scream ,“ I can’t type, even with two fingers”?   If so, keep your cap locks on when you are sending e-mails and completing information online, whether for a job application or anything else. To the […]

    3 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • onward-upward

    Onward and Upward!

    Have you ever asked someone to do something and they asked, “Why?” only to have you respond, “Because I said so.”?  Do you know why most people despise that response?  It creates an atmosphere of command, control, and disrespect […]

    3 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • the same old thinking and disappointing results, closed loop or negative feedback mindset concept presented on blackboard with colorful sticky notes, white chalk

    Do You Practice Insanity?

    Insanity – the state of being seriously mentally ill, madness, or extreme foolishness or irrationality.  I don’t know about you, but  some days I think I would describe myself that way and others would say the same about me; […]

    3 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • Patient Persistence Receives Notice

    Have you ever seen the show “Undercover Boss”? The show features owners and managing executives of national companies (The Boss) who put on disguises and pose as trainees in their various company locations.  The Bosses meet their employees and […]

    3 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • blog-4

    How to start a discussion for your job search in a group

    Posting discussions is a powerful way to find the resources and opportunities that you’re looking for. Currently, there are plenty of comments about individuals’ credentials, but they could maximize their results if they slightly restructured their posts. For example, […]

    3 years ago, by flccadmin
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