The Game is Afoot

Construction contractors must be ready as the game is afoot.

Things aren’t what they used to be

The reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic has caused shifts in buying habits, consumer expectations, and even workplace practices.

Therefore, the construction industry has experienced and will continue to experience impacts on operations.

These impacts may include:

  • equipment, and supply chain disruptions
  • financing restrictions or cash flow shortages
  • permit delays or restrictions on new permits
  • schedule setbacks
  • workforce interruptions

And likely, reduced productivity. For example, on-site health and safety procedures will cause a change in processes and systems. Enhanced sanitary measures, a continuation of social distancing, and staggering of employee or subcontractor work schedules will probably be a part of the scene.

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” – Ernest Hemingway

I think I can, I think I can

Now, it is imperative to think about what you can do, not what you can’t do.

I’m not talking about modeling after The Little Engine That Could because Shel Silverstein pointed out quite successfully in his rebuttal poem, Little Blue Engine, that “THINKING you can just ain’t enough!”

But, having the right attitude and a good plan will make a difference in how you approach new situations and how you deliver your services.

“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.” – Victor Kiam

And, the game is afoot

The folks over at Writing Explained, tell us what “The game is afoot” means. Their definition, “Something has started,” is a good start. But it is the sentence following the definition I find most helpful. “People usually say this when something exciting is happening.”

And you must admit, leaving time-out and moving into what lies ahead is exciting. Yes, the game is afoot.

Three imperatives for upcoming days are:

  1. Adapt and Adjust
  2. Coordinate and Cooperate
  3. Document and Communicate

None of these ideas are new to the construction contracting scene, but each takes on more importance as we move into a post COVID – 19 economy.

“Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden  

Stepping out

The recommendation from the folks here at The Profit Constructors is to think lean, think fast, and think tech-savvy.

 

We desire to familiarize you with business concepts, which will make it easier for you to be a better commercial construction subcontractor through our blog posts. Some are new ways of looking at things, and others are refreshers. 

The Profit Constructors Provide Contract Document Management and Advisory Board Level counsel for small to medium commercial construction subcontractors.

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Choose Your Path

Choose your path for post COVID -19 profits and stability

Not choosing a path is the same as choosing a path

Let’s say you have a choice to cut your hair or to let it grow. If you say, “I don’t want to make a choice,” you’ve already made a choice. Your hair will continue to grow.

Here’s another example; each morning, you have a choice to get out of bed or to stay in bed. Yep, you guessed it. If you can’t make a choice, you’ve already chosen. You’re staying in bed.

Now, with the world’s reaction to Coronavirus, you’re faced with the choice of playing it safe or investing in growth. And, just as the hair and bed examples above, if you can’t make up your mind, you’ve already made up your mind. You’ve taken a wait-and-see attitude, which gives you no momentum for what lies ahead.

“A body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest, unless, acted upon by an outside force.” – Isaac Newton

This is no time for indecision

My mother, because of her fear of water, never learned how to swim. She decided it was imperative that my younger brother and I take swimming lessons at the Ouray, Colorado community pool near where we lived. After we had attended the classes for an entire summer, we moved to Tucson, Arizona – which meant there was a swimming pool just a walk away.

On day one of the new pool access, I ran and jumped in, swam around, and began figuring out who to splash first. My brother, on the other hand, ran and jumped in, then sank below the surface – for too long. Our mother leaped into the pool moments later.

She had not prepared for the crisis. She had never learned to swim, remember? But her quick decision saved my brother’s life and set her on the path to less fear of water.

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” – Roy E. Disney.

Choose the balanced path

Construction company owners who master the balance of cutting costs today while investing for future growth will be those who not only survive but thrive.

On the one hand, it is a matter of reducing costs selectively rather than haphazardly. For instance, focusing on operational efficiency is no longer a back-burner item. If you haven’t taken time to build, document, and use operational systems, the time has now come when you must.

And in balance, investing wisely in marketing, R&D, and new assets puts you a few steps ahead in the game.

“You are free to make whatever choice you want, but you are not free from the consequences of the choice.” Anonymous

It’s about the numbers – and the people

Choosing a balanced path means you must know and understand both your numbers and your people. It is time to adapt and thrive. For instance, now may be the time to recruit and hire top talent.

Or it could mean you look for gaps in the market and adopt a new approach. Assessing your numbers and your assets (including the folks on your team) allows you to make more informed decisions.

It is time to get your attitude focused as well. Commit to action and to leading your construction business into a post-COVID – 19 stance of strength.

“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.” Sammy Davis, Jr.

 

We desire to familiarize you with business concepts, which will make it easier for you to be a better commercial construction subcontractor through our blog posts. Some are new ways of looking at things, and others are refreshers. 

The Profit Constructors Provide Contract Document Management and Advisory Board Level counsel for small to medium commercial construction subcontractors.

So you can Run With the Big Dogs! Call us 866-629-7735

 

Did You Hear the One About

Coronavirus things to laugh about.

There I was, scrolling through a personal social media account when I saw what I was certain was just one more post telling me how to live my life during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Who needs another set of Coronavirus guidelines? Not me! And, probably not you.

But that word, “maybe” and that question mark in that first line made me pause.

I read.

So should you. It is time for a bit of mirth.

FOLLOW ALL OF THESE, maybe?

Here are the official Coronavirus guidelines:

  1. Basically, you can’t leave the house for any reason, but if you have to, then you can.

 

  1. Masks are useless, but maybe you have to wear one, it can save you, it is useless, but maybe it is mandatory as well.

 

 

  1. Stores are closed, except those that are open.

 

  1. You should not go to hospitals unless you have to go there. Same applies to doctors, you should only go there in case of emergency, provided you are not too sick.

 

 

  1. This virus is deadly but still not too scary, except that sometimes it actually leads to a global disaster.

 

  1. Gloves won’t help, but they can still help.

 

 

  1. Everyone needs to stay HOME, but it’s important to GO OUT.

 

  1. There is no shortage of groceries in the supermarket, but there are many things missing when you go there in the evening, but not in the morning. Sometimes.

 

 

  1. The virus has no effect on children except those it affects.

 

  1. Animals are not affected, but there is still a cat that tested positive in Belgium in February when no one had been tested, plus a few tigers here and there…

 

 

  1. You will have many symptoms when you are sick, but you can also get sick without symptoms, have symptoms without being sick, or be contagious without having symptoms. Oh, my..

 

  1. In order not to get sick, you have to eat well and exercise, but eat whatever you have on hand and it’s better not to go out, well, but no…

 

 

  1. It’s better to get some fresh air, but you get looked at very wrong when you get some fresh air, and most importantly, you don’t go to parks or walk. But don’t sit down, except that you can do that now if you are old, but not for too long or if you are pregnant (but not too old).

 

  1. You can’t go to retirement homes, but you have to take care of the elderly and bring food and medication.

 

 

  1. If you are sick, you can’t go out, but you can go to the pharmacy.

 

  1. You can get restaurant food delivered to the house, which may have been prepared by people who didn’t wear masks or gloves. But you have to have your groceries decontaminated outside for 3 hours. Pizza too?

 

 

  1. Every disturbing article or disturbing interview starts with “I don’t want to trigger panic, but…”

 

  1. You can’t see your older mother or grandmother, but you can take a taxi and meet an older taxi driver.

 

 

  1. You can walk around with a friend but not with your family if they don’t live under the same roof.

 

  1. You are safe if you maintain the appropriate social distance, but you can’t go out with friends or strangers at the safe social distance.

 

 

  1. The virus remains active on different surfaces for two hours, no, four, no, six, no, we didn’t say hours, maybe days? But it takes a damp environment. Oh no, not necessarily.

 

  1. The virus stays in the air – well no, or yes, maybe, especially in a closed room, in one hour a sick person can infect ten, so if it falls, all our children were already infected at school before it was closed. But remember, if you stay at the recommended social distance, however in certain circumstances you should maintain a greater distance, which, studies show, the virus can travel further, maybe.

 

 

  1. We count the number of deaths but we don’t know how many people are infected as we have only tested so far those who were “almost dead” to find out if that’s what they will die of…

 

  1. We have no treatment, except that there may be one that apparently is not dangerous unless you take too much (which is the case with all medications).

 

 

  1. We should stay locked up until the virus disappears, but it will only disappear if we achieve collective immunity, so when it circulates… but we must no longer be locked up for that?

 

I do not know the original author. But thank you!

How to take this

My wish for you, dear reader, is that you have enjoyed this jaunt into the comedic side of the unrelenting onslaught of information as well as misinformation concerning COVID – 19.

Now, wash your hands (the proper way) and get back to work. 😉

 

We desire to familiarize you with business concepts, which will make it easier for you to be a better commercial construction subcontractor through our blog posts. Some are new ways of looking at things, and others are refreshers. 

The Profit Constructors Provide Accounting Guidance, Contract Document Management, and Advisory Board Level counsel for small to medium commercial construction subcontractors.

So you can Run With the Big Dogs! Call us 866-629-7735