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5 (Operating Models Every New Manager Should Master

5 (Operating Models Every New Manager Should Master

Brief  Most new managers are unprepared and inadequately trained to lead other people, and so Art Petty provides a five-point operating system to help guide them through real-life scenarios they'll face. "The new manager should work unceasingly with their boss to...

Seek People Who are Positive — Most of the Time

Seek People Who are Positive — Most of the Time

Brief Positivity that inspires people and creates movement is what people and organizations should strive for, even as negativity is part of life and has its necessary moments, writes Nick Nowak, who offers a short quiz on "risers" and "sinkers." Positive-minded...

MIT Sees Path to Major Cut in Construction Emissions

MIT Sees Path to Major Cut in Construction Emissions

Brief About one-quarter of US greenhouse gas emissions from 2016 to 2050 will be attributable to embodied emissions from materials and construction, according to an MIT estimate. But an active approach to addressing regional priorities in building could cut these...

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...

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