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  • Writer's pictureYvonne Root

The Game is Afoot

Updated: Jun 23, 2020

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:

  1. equipment, and supply chain disruptions

  2. financing restrictions or cash flow shortages

  3. permit delays or restrictions on new permits

  4. schedule setbacks

  5. 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.

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

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