Mike Pierce's blog

Continuous Improvement Strategies that Defy Corporate Aging

The Editor for Smart Business Cleveland, Fred Koury, recently wrote “Efficiency is the end goal for every business…Never stop innovating ways to be more efficient in every aspect of your business.”

How Enabling Employees Leads to Sustainable Growth

Manager: “I’m concerned about our training budget. What if we invest in all this training and the employees leave?”

Executive: “I’m concerned too. What if we don’t invest in the employees and they stay?”

How We Plan for the Future

A few weeks back, I wrote that I was excited to spend the next few weeks with Austin’s senior management team, and after that, some time with this year's Leadership Development Program (LDP) team. I thought I would take this opportunity to report on those meetings.

Honoring Our Industry Heroes

Engineering News Record recently published their “Top 25 Newsmakers - Industry Individuals Who Made a Difference in 2013”. It is quite a sampling of people, and their contributions are reflective of the broad impact and diversity of our industry.

How Management is Like a Team Sport

I’m excited! 

I get to spend the next two weeks with great people with brilliant minds and tremendous character. This week, the senior management team of The Austin Company will meet, as we do three times a year, to discuss our progress as a company, key issues, and plan the future. This team is comprised of both new managers, and some that have 30-40 years with Austin.

Continuous Improvement and the 212 - The Extra Degree

I recently came across a sales and general motivation tool by Sam Parker (video link: http://binged.it/1i73vNr) that focuses on the idea of going the extra mile. The idea is that steam is a powerful source of energy (e.g. the steam engine), but if you only get the temperature to 211°F, nothing will happen. Those that make the extra effort to get it to 212°F are the ones who will move the engine.

Construction Industry Confidence and 2014 Forecast

Engineering News Record’s fourth quarter 2013 summation of construction costs and the confidence of market strength were released at the end of the year. The reports are optimistic and encouraging.

All in the Family: Recognition of Employee Service

Every year, Austin takes time to recognize the service and tenure of our employees and especially recognize those that reach milestones of 5, 10, 15 years, etc. Each year, we look in awe at those who have been with Austin for 35, 40, even 45 years, and we have two employees this year who reached the 40-year mark. That is a long time with an organization and I believe it speaks to the character of both the employee and the organization.

Level Headed: A Must-Read for the Engineering and Construction Industry

Over the holidays, I read a great book that I highly recommend to anyone in or getting into management in the engineering and construction industry: “Level Headed” by J. Doug Pruitt and Richard Condit, subtitled “Inside the Walls of One of the Greatest Turnaround Stories of the 21st Century”.

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