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Here are 6 Lessons from Managing Toxic Employees

Here are 6 Lessons from Managing Toxic Employees

Brief  Strong performers who are bad teammates present a thorny challenge for managers, who should give feedback and coaching but recognize that the employee has to change or be removed, argues Art Petty. "Just don't rationalize maintaining or sustaining the...

Analyzing Issues with Concrete Placement

Analyzing Issues with Concrete Placement

Brief  Brett Smith examines how expert analysis solved three case studies which involved issues in placing concrete. "When there is a serious and unexpected problem with concrete, forensic experts with backgrounds in engineering and construction materials can use...

Can VR Bridge the Knowledge Gap in Construction?

Can VR Bridge the Knowledge Gap in Construction?

Brief  Experience and skill might be lacking among new workers in construction, but virtual reality could help fill that knowledge gap, Purdue University professor Anthony Sparkling says. VR has potential to add the tacit knowledge of experienced workers to the...

5 Ways to Get More from Remote Meetings

5 Ways to Get More from Remote Meetings

Brief Leaders can minimize the frustration of online meetings by guiding the flow, learning more about how participants show engagement and checking in outside of meetings to get feedback, writes Alaina Love. "Navigating a digital communications void demands that...

Reducing Concrete Emissions Requires Multiple Strategies

Reducing Concrete Emissions Requires Multiple Strategies

Brief  The concrete industry is lowering carbon emissions by looking for cement alternatives and substitute aggregates, as well as pursuing carbon sequestration for cement, writes engineer Kelly Roberts, a principal in Walter P. Moore's Structural Group. "To make a...

10 Signs that Your Ego is in Charge of Your Leadership

10 Signs that Your Ego is in Charge of Your Leadership

Brief  Any leader can become self-serving if they find themselves constantly arguing for their point of view, envying others, regularly interrupting or boasting about their success, writes Lolly Daskal. "Few things can do more to undermine your influence, respect and...

How Middle Managers Can Maximize Their Influence

How Middle Managers Can Maximize Their Influence

Brief  Middle managers are expected to have broad knowledge of the business, manage many forms of conflict and do so while staying calm, writes Scott Mautz, CEO of Profound Performance. Mautz outlines how managers can best leverage their power vertically and...

Construction Drones See Greater Responsibilities, Use

Construction Drones See Greater Responsibilities, Use

Brief  A DroneDeploy survey from last year reveals construction drones are expected to take on a greater array of responsibilities, including interior- and below-grade data capture, thermal and facade monitoring, and excavation mapping enabled by lidar. Pandemic...