Thomas Edison said, "Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration."
This show interviews hard-working construction company owners and executives who share their wisdom, perspectives, and lessons learned from decades of experience bidding, planning, and building profitable projects. Topics include leadership, strategic planning, conflict resolution, niche identification, succession planning, talent management, business development, and business growth.
Industry expert, Eric Anderton also shares his insights about how construction company owners can increase project profit by improving communication, running productive meetings, and attracting, developing, and retaining talented leaders.
Tune in each week and get practical inspiration for how to build people, projects, and profits.
"I know of no genius but the genius of hard work." John Ruskin
Secrets Of A Successful Multi-Generational Company With The Cullen Clan
Maintaining a successful company is already a challenging task to accomplish. How much more if you run a multi-generational company with huge shoes to fill and extremely high expectations to meet? Eric Anderton discovers the secret to accomplishing such a feat with the Cullen Clan. This family's fourth and fifth generations now lead JP Cullen: Jeannie Cullen Schultz (Co-President), George Cullen (Co-President), Richard Cullen (Vice President Field Operations), Laura Cullen (Training & Development Manager), Dan Cullen (Yard & Shop Operations Manager), and Sean Cullen (Director of Business Development). They share how they uphold the company values first established by their founder and how they recruit the right people who exhibit them. The family also opens up about their approach to solving business arguments, the incredible blend of young and old generations, and the impact of having a years-old business in raising their kids – or the potential sixth-generation leaders of JP Cullen.
Augment It: Leveraging Data And Artificial Intelligence In Design And Construction With Mehdi Nourbakhsh, Ph.D.
What if you can mimic your top performer’s capabilities, multiply their productivity, and not have to worry about attrition or retirement. In this episode, author, speaker, and the CEO of YegaTech, Mehdi Nourbakhsh, Ph.D., goes into detail on the different branches and features of AI and shares insights on how artificial intelligence can solve problems in design and construction, and bridge the gap between these two different worlds.
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How To Write Persuasively With Joshua Lisec
If you don't know the right persuasive writing methods, even one email can destroy relationships you may have tirelessly built for a long time. Joining Eric Anderton is written word expert Joshua Lisec. He explains how to solve the rampant misuse of adverbs that elevates wrong emotions and passes lies as truth. Joshua talks about how poor persuasive writing can make recipients feel under attack, mistrusted, or manipulated. He also presents his three-step process of creating well-written messages that invoke the intended emotions and actions without having to spend hours or days on writing.
Growing Your Business By Making The Right Decisions With The Right Partners With Levi Benkert
The CEO of Harbor Capital, Levi Benkert, is this week's guest on Construction Genius.
Harbor Capital is a hyper-focused class A and B industrial real estate investment firm operating in Texas.
What’s interesting about this is Levi’s journey from a newly married eighteen-year-old who purchased his first home in Sacramento, California to growing a business that has a goal of getting to $1 billion in assets under management by 2030.
He is crushing that goal.
We discuss a development deal that he's doing with a construction company that you’ll find very interesting.
Think about how Levi frames his deals and the approach that he takes to real estate investment, and how that might influence the way that you look at real estate investment as you have grown your construction company and have these types of opportunities come up.
We also get into some more personal aspects of life and how Levi has benefited from the ups and downs of life, the lessons that he has learned in therapy, in business, and even from having children at a young age, and how that has impacted his parenting style, and the way that he is someone who has been financially successful, coming from a background of little financial success, how that has affected the way he relates to his children and the way that he wants them to think about money and the uses of money.
Why Talent Development And Technology Adoption Are Key For Growth In Your Business With Ronan Collins
How do you gain competitive advantage against your competitors in the construction industry? The answer is simple: talent and technology. In this episode, Eric Anderton sits down with Ronan Collins, Director Digital Delivery of BIM for Design and Construction at The Red Sea Development Company. In their chat, Ronan emphasizes how talent development and technology adoption can be and are interconnected. Organizations can create a win-win scenario by developing their people for management positions while they introduce new concepts and technologies that improve their operations. How? Listen in to their chat to learn more. Watch out for two key insights that will help propel your business to the next level.
How To Become A Better Speaker In Public With Laurie Gilbertson
Public speaking is a vulnerable position because of the fear of judgment and rejection. But there is a way to conquer your anxiety and become a better speaker in public. Eric Anderton presents Laurie Gilbertson, the founder and CEO of Tribeca Blue Consulting. Laurie talks about how practice and preparation are huge factors in feeling comfortable on stage. Allow yourself to rehearse and figure out which words sound natural when you speak. Afterward, it’s easier to turn your attention away from yourself and towards the audience during your presentation. If you want more practical tips on becoming a better speaker in public, this episode’s for you.
Great construction podcast
A great podcast that I have found very helpful as a construction leader
It’s hard to find high quality content specific to the built world but Eric has absolutely nailed it. Great interviews on important topics for leadership in the built world.
Applicable Outside of Construction Too
I work in Insurance and I’ve found a TON of valuable lessons and tips on just the four episodes I’ve downloaded. Solid leadership advice.