Tag: Constructing Excellence

Jul 08 2009

That construction youth angle again

I had coffee this morning with Christine Townley, chief executive of the Construction Youth Trust (a meeting arranged through Twitter, by the way – another demonstration of the power of social media), and her colleague Kerry Dickson. We talked about various initiatives to encourage young people to, first, consider, and then make the leap into …

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Mar 11 2009

Social networks boost productivity

For many Generation X managers, work and socialising are two distinctly separate notions, and they therefore often seek to limit employees’ socialising so that they can “get on and do real work”. But what if that real work could actually be improved by socialising? What if social networking actually helped you work better? In late …

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Mar 09 2009

Why Generation Y matters

Over the weekend I read a cutting, Generation Next, from the March 2009 issue of Director magazine, discussing how the cohort of people born in or after 1980 are prompting changes in organisational approaches. Writer David Woodward quotes an April 2008 study by Talentsmoothie of 2,500 Gen Y people which found that they: “had little …

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Mar 02 2009

Ten things to manage in a recession: 1 – memberships

My previous post about managing IT expenditure in a recession was focused on helping an architecture, engineering or construction (AEC) business reduce its day-to-day operational expenses. Deploying Software-as-a-Service solutions helps save money (that could then be invested in marketing or PR), and can give some competitive advantages and reputation benefits. But that might not matter …

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Feb 26 2009

G4C (or Targeting early career professionals, pt 2)

Today, I headed into London to attend a Constructing Excellence BE (Building and Estates) Members forum (the morning was actually a joint event with the Construction Products Association‘s Network Club on the theme of Early involvement of the supply chain). I found myself sitting next to David Whysall of Turner & Townsend who has recently …

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Feb 24 2009

Will new CE blog prompt Tweet change?

The UK’s main pan-industry membership body for the construction industry, Constructing Excellence, has gradually been embracing Web 2.0 approaches. Last year, some staff started posting updates from Twitter and the CE website began offering RSS feeds. It has now just started its own blog (thanks to Su Butcher for the alert – via Twitter). This …

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Feb 05 2009

Building communities

A fortnight ago, I helped facilitate a workshop attended by about 16 UK construction professionals, all members of Constructing Excellence‘s collaborative working champions group (see my EE post Collaborative Working Champions going online). My friend Martin Brown (isite) and I introduced the group to some of the basic principles of social media and gave them …

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Feb 03 2009

Let’s make construction more ‘social’

[This is a re-post of a blog article I wrote for Building Sustainable Design, which launched this week – also reproduced on ExtranetEvolution.com.] I have spent more than half my career in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and property industry looking at issues relating to collaboration, and since 2000 have been focused on how …

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