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Follow These Tips For Custom Marbled Concrete

Follow These Tips For Custom Marbled Concrete

Brief  Bradley Coomes, owner of Coomes Custom Concrete Creations, offers tips on how to marble concrete for countertops and tabletops. Coomes offers a look at best practices for mixing, dusting, casting and polishing.   Insight When most people think of concrete,...

4 Ideas for Holding Meetings that End Well

4 Ideas for Holding Meetings that End Well

Brief  Meetings should have a clear beginning, middle and end to ensure that attendees understand what decisions have been made and what their responsibilities are, writes Elizabeth Doty. "[L]eaders should take the last five minutes, as the meeting winds down, to...

What to Expect from Construction Estimate Software

What to Expect from Construction Estimate Software

Brief  More than 4 in 10 contractors who recently acquired new estimating software say one of the chief benefits is improved accuracy, according to a Software Advice survey. Collin Couey examines what this type of software is and how it uses automated cost estimating...

9 Ideas for Successful Hybrid Meetings

9 Ideas for Successful Hybrid Meetings

Brief  Making hybrid meetings more effective by naming a "producer" who handles technical issues, turning on chat functions and making sure everyone can see who is on the call is among nine tips offered by Tom Stone. "For large meetings, survey everyone about their...

3 Ways Better Decision-making Can Quell Conflict

3 Ways Better Decision-making Can Quell Conflict

Brief  Conflict arises when it's unclear who can make decisions or if choices related to that decision aren't in alignment with goals, writes Marlene Chism. "Better decision-making means better choices, and better choices means better conflict management, and better...

ACI Offers Guidance on Placing Concrete in All Weather

ACI Offers Guidance on Placing Concrete in All Weather

Brief ACI offers guidance on how to place concrete in hot weather, cold weather and windy conditions. Concrete can set faster in hot weather, but care should be taken to avoid placing concrete directly on frozen ground or during high winds.   Insight According to...

Look for the “and” When You’re Stuck on “either/or”

Look for the “and” When You’re Stuck on “either/or”

Brief  Don't let decision-making become about "either/or" choices, instead finding the "and" that opens up other solutions or temporary acceptance, writes Kristin Hendrix. "If I can't figure it out myself, I can call on another inner voice or someone from my circle to...

Hard Conversations Go Better when You Know Yourself

Hard Conversations Go Better when You Know Yourself

Brief Conversations that challenge our identity or safety can be especially difficult, and so understanding triggers and "identity-shaping stories" can help us become more effective communicators, writes John Sautelle. "Increasing our capacity to regulate our response...

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