The Contractor’s Best Friend weekly newsletter is written specifically for the construction industry by Brad Humphrey, a veteran construction-industry consultant who offers down-to-earth, how-to advice to help contractors of any size - in any industry - improve the management and operation of their business.
So why is improving business management and operations important? Because even the smallest Improvements will make your business more efficient and more cost-effective, improving your bottom line and making you more profitable and more competitive in your market.
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- What techniques can I implement to help grow my sales?
- How do I make my business more successful than my competitor?
- How do I differentiate my company from my competition?
The answer in broad terms is management, and these – and many more issues – are addressed weekly in The Contractor’s Best Friend.
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The Contractor’s Best Friend /06-19-2013/Lean Construction #2: 10 Tips to Solving the Waiting Game
In our series entitled “Lean Construction” we are learning about the Seven Wastes – and how to avoid them. The Wastes represent those activities that are costing contractors time, quality, productivity, and most importantly…profitability!
Last week we took a close look at Waste #1, Overproduction. In this article I want to address Waste #2, Waiting, which virtually every contractor experiences several times every week, if not every day.
Is there a Waste that is experienced by more contractors than the Waste of Waiting? Just consider some of the things a contractor might spend time waiting on:
- Crew members showing up to work on time
- Crew members showing up to a job site on time
- Concrete crew waiting on a material truck so they can pour and finish a concrete slab
- Crew waiting on crane operator to move needed equipment or resources
- Contractor waiting on a customer to show up and discuss their needs...
Brad Humphrey has been involved in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He started his career as an apprentice plumber during his early years of college and over the years has been a partner in several successful contracting companies including paving, flat work concrete, and even the pool building business. Throughout his career, Brad has served at the front line as well as at the senior leadership level and many positions in between.
While he's provided growth and operational strategies to some of the biggest general construction contractors throughout the world – he works with contractors of all types and sizes from smaller "mom and pop" businesses to growing mid-size firms.
Brad’s nickname, The Contractor's Best Friend, was given to him by several of his clients. It’s a nickname that has “stuck” and he feels honored to have.
Brad has authored several books and written more than 150 “how-to” articles that have been published in more than 15 construction industry trade magazines. He’s developed more than 100 contractor-focused educational workshops, including his very well received Leadership Boot Camp and Leadership Boot Camp+, intended for the developing foreman, superintendent, and project manager.
1. Brad understands your business – he’s got more than 25 years assisting thousands of contractors
2. Not every contractor can afford a consultant – but most could benefit from one.
3. Weekly “visits” keep company development top of mind
4. Small insights acted on regularly can make a huge impact over the long term
5. Brad brings a practical, common sense, and humorous approach to his writings that you’ll enjoy reading with your cup of morning coffee