While facilitating Partnering programs for project teams across the globe over the last 10 years, I have asked construction team members, “What is the key to great construction projects?” One of the most popular responses nearly everyone seems to agree with is, communication. It’s true. Communication, or how we express our positions, interpretations and requests is the key to success on construction projects. This is not theory. It has been

“Clear, common goals that the whole project team buys into are the centerpiece. They ensure we are all in alignment with common expectations. These need to be set early.”    — Jim Bostic, St. Joseph Health Systems / Petra ICS By Jim Eisenhart, VCG President We have a project team ranking system at Ventura Consulting Group that is divided into three areas—Business as Usual, Good Teams and World Class Teams.  In

We hear this all of the time, “The key to success is communication.”  Although smart phones, tablets and a multitude of apps are providing additional modes of communication, the challenges and potential for miscommunication are increasing.  And, the larger the project, the greater the chance of missteps and miscues.  If you want to improve your team and your own levels of communication, you must continue to learn, grow and help those around you.

As built environment industry leaders, many of us are involved in the strategic planning for the companies we serve. We all know the importance of developing a strategy in order to achieve the goals we have set for our company, but how do we know if our strategy is a winning one? I recently read an article on Results.com with some key tests on “How to Tell if You Have

The 2016 construction industry award season is here and your friends at Ventura Consulting Group can provide information, testimonials and award entry services to help your team get the recognition they deserve. Industry awards not only acknowledge the efforts of the project team, they also extend your group’s world class teamwork by forming stronger bonds with project owners, garnering online and print publicity and furthering industry best practices. We would be pleased

As a manager, it is your responsibility and role within your company and team to ensure that everyone is doing their job diligently and to the best of their abilities.  When things are running smoothly, it is easy to keep morale high through praise and positive feedback.  This type of news is always easy to deliver and welcomed by all employees. However, as anyone in a leadership position can attest, delivering

Hi Rob, I am a project manager for a specialty contractor.  We work on schools, hospitals, and other buildings in both the public and private sector.  I have heard a lot about Lean Construction, Integrated Project Delivery, and Collaborative Partnering.  They all seem pretty similar to me… what’s the difference? – Integrated Builder Dear Integrated Builder, This is a common and important question.  It is extremely important for the building

By Neal Flesner, VCG Effective leadership has a great impact on any construction project and plays a key role in its ultimate success or failure.  Our experience tells us that the engagement and support of senior leadership in the partnering process is crucial to project success.  This seems like a no-brainer, but all too often, senior leaders are absent from team meetings or partnering sessions or don’t fully engage when

To a non-construction professional, finding a rare animal fossil may seem pretty awesome and even kind of cool!  These prehistoric bones are a glimpse into the past and evoke curiosity in most of us.Question such as, “What was walking on these lands long ago,” or “What kind of animal was this,” cross our minds. However, to the seasoned project manager or building owner, while finding prehistoric remains are surely an important

As is often the case, it is easy to see the strengths of a proven leader when a team executes and delivers as expected on a given task or project.  However, regardless of the overall team strength or amount of time and energy spent planning, eventually trouble will strike. While unexpected obstacles can be disconcerting, it’s often hurdles like these that provide an opportunity for a true leader to shine.  Last