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“Two approaches to improvement to avoid: systems without passion and passion without systems” Tom Peters, Thriving on Chaos, 1987 

This is a powerful quote to ponder, as is the need for constantly “Going back to the Basics” the hallmark of Vince Lombardi.

January 27, 2014

Business often is equated to card games like poker, where minimum bets are required so a player can keep a seat at the table.

As we recover from the holidays and look back on the year, it appears we should all give thanks that 2013 has shaped up to be a pretty good year for residential construction and the economy in general.

January 20, 2014

If you’ve never been to Savannah, Ga., by all means go, especially if you love 18th and 19th century architecture. I just returned from a four-day trip to this beautiful city and would return in a heartbeat.

“How will my investment in a criteria/award program impact my bottom-line?” is a question commonly asked by senior leaders. In other words, “What’s in it for my organization?”

There are a whole range of quality management tools and techniques and that includes Lean and Six Sigma. Includes being the key word. They are not by themselves ‘Quality Management’.

December 20, 2013

New projections from Freddie Mac suggest a sea-change in housing in 2014. 

December 19, 2013

I’ve come to the conclusion that American residential architecture, like America itself, is a melting pot. I would even argue that the true American house style is eclectic. Certainly there are many eclectic American neighborhoods.  

November 21, 2013

I’m looking forward to the new movies being released in December, particularly the next installment of “The Hobbit.” One film I doubt will be coming to a theater near you, though, is about urban planning, and I’m giving it a big thumbs-up.  

November 15, 2013

There is a veritable geyser of data tracking housing today. From existing-home sales, to house prices, to new-home permits, to starts—housing metrics abound. We know more now about home building activity than we ever have before.

November 08, 2013

Ed is a close friend of mine.
He’s 33.
He’s married with two daughters, ages 7 and 4.

I have taken quite the respite from my blogging activities, despite statistics that showed a growing readership.  For whatever reasons, I felt the blogging juice just didn’t justify the squeeze.  I wrote of topics ranging from referral sales, to customer service, to ultra-marathon running in an a

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When it comes to learning – you’re a chicken. A free-range chicken, to be more specific. I’m not implying you are frightened. Not a “chicken” in the 8-year-old insult sense of the word.
 

In business so often what one wants is a silver bullet, that one solution that will solve everything, improve the whole business in one swoop.

 

Mel Tucker is the new Defensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears. In theory, that’s a good gig.

BENCHMARK Roundtables 2013, November 6th & 7th 2013 Scottsdale AZ

Professional Builder Hosts Leading Builders in One-day Peer-to-peer Business Tune-up

Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, the SpaceX project, and the promising new Tesla Motor Company, is the kind of entrepreneur you want to have in your neighborhood. He is the Bill Gates of his generation, creating good, high-paying jobs that will likely last for years. 

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