• The Cockpit, the Castle, and the Community – Why Someone’s Workspace Matters

    The open concept floor plan for offices took off in the 1960s to help foster communication and collaboration in the workplace. Private office space has always been the most preferred by employees, although individuals will have different reasons for […]

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  • The Dear John Letter

    During WWII, the term “Dear John letter” became popular when soldiers spent long periods away from home. These letters, written affectionately, were either sent by mail or received when the soldier came home to an emptied house. In the […]

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  • Idioms and Slang – Workplace Commonality or Confusion? 

    Recently one of my employees, a naturalized citizen with English as a well–mastered second language commented on the different idioms I use to ensure he correctly understood their meaning.  Growing up in New England in the ‘70s and ‘80s, idioms were utilized often in my family, so it is no […]

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  • Coachable, Trainable, Dismissible 

    The protests presently calling to defund the police are fortunately not precipitating the elimination of the profession.  Instead, they are mostly looking into the profession for needed improvement in agencies across America.  While some agencies do set an example with how they coach, train and hold their employees accountable, sadly, there are too many examples […]

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  • What Your Employer or Business Associates Want

    Did you ever see Mel Gibson’s movie “What Women Want” from 2012 or the film “What Men Want” from 2019, starring Taraji Henson?  The storylines of both include major motifs of character improvement vis-à-vis lead characters’ personal and professional […]

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  • Behaviors Matter

    This week, President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address.  Currently, social media is abuzz with various opinions on what he shared, how he delivered the message, and what the future of our country holds.  Although it […]

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  • 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 year […]

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  • The Executive Match

    Quite often we interview candidates who have received executive titles from their current or previous employers, yet are nevertheless not a match for a company who can offer the candidate more structure and security. This arises for a number […]

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  • Lead Your Team to Success in the Zone!

    For over two decades Suzanne Breistol and her network of qualified industry professionals have been working together to help individuals in the construction industry grow their careers. Below is an overview of some of the many programs that Construction [...]
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  • Do you Need Better Sub-Coverage?

    Last week we hosted a private meet and greet for The Bluebook at Construction Connection’s Coaching Center, the SHED, which stands for Sharing Education. The out of town contractor was Life Time Construction, the Construction Management division of Life Time […]

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  • Fragile Ballerinas: Are you Antagonistic?

    Several times over the years clients have contracted us for DiSC coaching with project team members who are antagonizing to others. Three of these particular instances the employee had already pushed the other party’s buttons enough where it had become […]

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  • Communication Ping Pong

    Construction is an action result industry filled with people wired for action working in a business model driven by a schedule, balanced with quality and budget.  A good share of the projects over budget are due to people taking […]

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