A Sustainable Workforce Starts With You

Kiley points out the key for success in the future construction industry when he writes: “Skilled workers will always be needed to program the robots, make the inevitable adjustments, and finish these jobs – no matter where components are built.”
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August 15, 2018
Pat Kiley writes about the latest leading indicators and industry issues for Houston-area clients of FMI.
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August 09, 2018
Kiley reflects on how even in the midst of needed changes to the way companies are run, some essential qualities and practices must remain constant.
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August 01, 2018
Many companies today face an age gap as they plan for leadership succession. There are not enough people in the historic replacement age range (40-55) to fill the spots being vacated by the retiring baby boomers, now in their 60s and early 70s. Consequently, there is a need to accelerate the development of younger high potentials, so they can take on senior leader responsibilities.
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June 26, 2018
Strategic, data-driven senior leaders are using these calmer market waters for thoughtful reflection about trends and facts, opportunities and challenges.  They are not wasting this time bemoaning the lower volume, lower margins, and millennial attitudes.  Right now, they are asking themselves tough questions to frame a vision for their organizations both in the next three to five years and in 2040.  They are setting in motion well-researched initiatives to capture a future where the prevailing value chain is on the cusp of being disrupted and rearranged, with new players and current parties in different roles.  They are acting with an urgency; 2040 is only one generation of leadership away.
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May 25, 2018
With a real worker shortage today and with researched projections that say the amount of annual construction put in place will almost double by 2040, a critical strategic question becomes who will build tomorrow?
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April 30, 2018
Discovering meaningful data can be powerful and provocative. Gaining access to The Perryman Group’s projections for the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) and the traditional FMI “Construction Put in Place” report provided such an energizing experience. The blend of these insightful documents, which cover the exact same geographic area, unleashes fact-based optimism and stimulates many questions for all contactors and construction-related firms.
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March 30, 2018
Kiley writes about Disruptive Innovation in the world and in the construction industry: “Incremental innovation is part of the ‘continuing improvement’ mindset, taking the existing processes and methods in the current value chain and finding new and better ways to do them. By contrast, disruptive innovation [has been] defined as ‘creativity purposely applied to explode (disrupt) the current value chain and rearrange it for the benefit of the disruptor.’”
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March 07, 2018
It is not uncommon to see an article paying tribute to a construction industry CEO or company owner when they pass away.  These leaders have higher profiles; their achievements are known to more people.  However, any company owner or CEO will tell you that many people have played critical support roles in all that they accomplished.  We honor one such superb support team member in this piece.
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February 28, 2018
Kiley writes that successful privately held construction companies have a lot to offer prospective workforce recruits over publically held corporations, including offering much more predictable and stable environments in which to build careers.
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January 31, 2018