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Every day of our lives is spent in the built environment - from the homes we live in to the roads we drive to the buildings in which we work. But while our world continues to shift and grow and change, the development and delivery of the built environment has fallen dramatically behind. To keep up, we know that the construction industry must transform. Through conversations with the leaders, visionaries and innovators behind the built revolution, this podcast explores our changing environmen ...
 
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Erika Anderson, Culture of Care Manager for AGC Colorado, joined the Greatness podcast to help us understand the five daily themes of Construction Inclusion Week and how to lead conversations with your team throughout the week. The website is literally bursting with resources. Note: Please be aware that this episode contains a brief discussion of a…
 
The remarkable Karen Sherman, President of the Akilah Institute in Rwanda, joined the Greatness Podcast recently to discuss not only her fascinating book, Brick by Brick, but to share highlights from her work around the globe with survivors of war. Karen candidly discusses herself as a "work in progress", and shares the stories of the amazing women…
 
In this episode, Clark Ellis sits down with longtime industry leader, real estate investor, and developer, Joshua Pollard, to discuss Real Estate development in urban markets and how Healthcare Services are interrelated. Joshua is the founder, CEO, and President of Omicelo, a remarkable company focused on developing sustainable communities using ho…
 
What does it mean to treat people in the construction industry with "decency"? This was one important topic discussed with Alison Mirams, CEO of Roberts Co, during her visit to the Greatness Podcast. Alison is achieving tremendous success in driving innovation in the construction industry in a big way here in Australia, including her well-documente…
 
Change can be hard, especially when there is resistance or misalignment on the approach. Change can also yield big rewards if we work for it. In this podcast, we explore the challenges and benefits of driving real change in a major General Contractor with Rebecca Snelling, National Lean Director for JE Dunn. Join us as we discuss the barriers to ch…
 
Imposter syndrome - most of us experience at some point in our life, and as Greatness podcast guest Tucci Ivowi shares, a certain level of nervousness is good. It adds to our authenticity as leaders and contributes to our ability to show vulnerability. Tucci discusses many practical tips for dealing with imposter syndrome from her recent HBR articl…
 
If you are a man wondering how to effectively advocate for women in your organization or industry, this is the podcast for you. Jeffery Tobias Halter, gender strategist and founder of YWomen, has dedicated the past decade to helping organizations create end-to-end strategies for advancing women. Jeffery also runs workshops for men to help them unde…
 
I recently posted an HBR article on kindness in the workplace - wow, what a response! One of the authors, Dr. Ovul Sezer, joined the Greatness podcast to expand upon her research on how kindness translates to business performance. Ovul is fascinating. She arrived from Istanbul at Harvard at 18 years old to study math, and also received her PhD from…
 
Construction industry icon and good friend Jan Tuchman, Editor in Chief of ENR Enterprises. joined the Greatness podcast to discuss her perspective on today's top industry topics, including technology, transformative change and diversity. We also had a chance to discuss our passion for Bridges to Prosperity as I pass the baton September 1 to Jan as…
 
How do you find your dream job? How do you ensure that your personal brand aligns with your aspirations? What does it take to live to your full potential? These are some of the important questions that Sarah Makris, personal branding expert and coach, discussed during a visit to the Greatness podcast. Sarah's advice really resonated with me, and ga…
 
Every once in a while we stumble across someone whose ideas are so compelling you simply must spend time with them. Dr. Alyssa Westring, co-author of Parents Who Lead is that person for me. She has studied the challenge of working parents for decades, but with a unique spin of applying leadership strategies to parenting. An example - in my book 8 S…
 
Every once in a while you meet someone that is such a tremendous leader, so incredibly gifted and respected that you really sit up and take notice. That was the case when I met Gabrielle Trainor, Chair of the Construction Industry Culture Taskforce among many additional positions of leadership. Gabrielle joined the Greatness podcast to discuss the …
 
As the construction industry explores more collaborative business models (Design-Build, Integrated Project Delivery, Operating System 2.0), while facing an ongoing workforce shortage, The Built Revolution Podcast asks the question: What does industry need from universities? And how can we better prepare the next generation of industry leaders? Barb…
 
I was listening to the radio here in Australia just after the last US presidential election, and the radio announcer asked "How do 70 million Americans think four more years of Trump is a good idea?". Regardless of your political viewpoint, Zoe Daniels' new book, Greetings from Trumpland: How an Unprecedented Presidency Changed Everything, gives in…
 
Continuum Advisory Group has had two female presidents, which is pretty unique for any firm in the construction industry. The current and most recent presidents, Kelcey Henderson and Gretchen Gagel, sat down together virtually from across the globe to discuss the history of women in construction. We recently celebrated Women's History Month, and we…
 
How does a US general contractor achieve 35 female craft workers on their 140-person project team? Maja Rosenquist, Sr. VP with Mortenson, joined the Greatness podcast to talk about her company's "intentional strategy" to embrace diversity and inclusion in the construction industry and the successes they are experiencing as a result. I admire Maja …
 
I've loved spending most of my career in the engineer/construction/energy industry, and I had the good fortune of passing the Presidency of Continuum Advisory Group on to Kelcey Henderson, another woman in our industry that I greatly admire. Kelcey and I connected on the Greatness Podcast to reflect on the history of women in the industry, discuss …
 
One of the most enjoyable aspects of moving to Australia has been the exciting journey of meeting fabulous people who share my passion for making the world a better place. Karen Gately, Founder of Corporate Dojo and acclaimed author, shares that passion. Karen draws upon her marshal arts experience to help leaders on their journey of self-mastery a…
 
For 35 years I've been a pioneering woman in manufacturing and construction, starting in 1986 as the first female operations manager in the US for Ralston Purina and later as one of the first female shareholders/managing directors for FMI. It's time for us to fix the diversity issue in construction, and I applaud NAWIC Australia - the National Asso…
 
Creating transformational change in an industry is a massive undertaking, and I applaud the Construction Industry Institute, CII, and its leader, Stephen Mulva, for the role they have played in driving change in capital program delivery. We are the industry that "builds the world" but research shows that 41% of the cost of any construction project …
 
When I moved to Australia, I found it fascinating that the construction industry here is facing similar challenges to those faced in the US - lagging productivity gains, lack of trust and collaboration, and image challenges. Last year I was thrilled to meet Jon Davies, CEO of the Australian Constructors Association, a fellow champion of change who …
 
So thrilling to have Gabrielle Dolan on the Greatness podcast to discuss her latest book, Magnetic Stories. I have learned so much from Gabrielle about how to leverage stories to create connections, strengthen relationships, build brand, etc. Magnetic Stories focuses upon how to use brand storytelling to connect with customers and engage employees,…
 
Ethical behavior is not just the right thing to do, new research shows it's the profitable thing to do. Dr. Simon Longstaff of The Ethics Centre (www.ethics.org.au) joined the Greatness podcast to share his fascinating life journey, thoughts on how ethics is embedding in the day-to-day choices we make, and the new research study that demonstrates t…
 
Speed to market is a common driver in manufacturing and life sciences projects, requiring some facilities to be completed before the product and manufacturing process have been well defined. Some facilities may need to be reconfigured for multiple uses during their operational lives. This podcast explores the research that provides guidance on whic…
 
How deep is your relationships with yourself? Are you a “life entrepreneur”? Gregg Vanourek, co-author of Triple Crown Leadership and fellow lecturer at the University of Denver joined the Greatness podcast to share his insights on how leaders create cultures of excellence, ethics and endurance, in part by first deeply understanding questions such …
 
Our conversation with Arlen Solochek, FAIA, Consulting Architect, helps owners consider how different project characteristics, market conditions, internal considerations, and participants' concerns create better (and worse) matches with different project delivery methods. Arlen’s extensive experience on the owner’s side and on the practitioner’s si…
 
How do we hold confidence and humility simultaneously? How can we act confidently without coming across as boastful or arrogant? Michelle Sales, Author of The Power of Real Confidence, joined the Greatness podcast to share her research and advice for being a confident, connected leader. Michelle’s four elements of confidence, and her ability to lev…
 
Can you imagine a major construction site that requires no cranes? Or one that requires no people? Or completely eliminates the permitting process? Check out our conversation with Fernanda Leite, Associate Professor at the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin who is helping to lead the Construction Industry Institute’s (CII) Technology Path …
 
Mindfulness – one of this century’s most popular buzzwords, yet do we really deeply understand what mindfulness means? How do leaders and teams go about developing mindfulness competencies? Michael Chaskalson is noted for being the first person in the world to receive a masters in the clinical application of mindfulness. Michael joined the Greatnes…
 
Research Team UMM-01, Achieving Higher Levels of Standardized Facility Design in the Upstream, Midstream, and Mining Commodity Market The design of most upstream and midstream projects is customized to the project’s specific requirements. The widespread use of standard designs, while perhaps providing a less “optimal” solution, could result in sign…
 
Hello everyone, this is Gretchen Gagel with Greatness. Just a warning that today's episode deals with some sensitive topics, specifically domestic violence and abuse. This is different from our usual subject matter and may be difficult for some listeners, so I wanted to put include a warning up front. With that out of the way, I think everyone can …
 
Olfa Hamdi is a global expert in the strategic, construction-driven planning and execution of capital projects. She is an American-trained engineer, inventor, and Silicon Valley entrepreneur who founded the Advanced Work Packaging Institute before co-founding Concord Project Technologies (https://tconglobal.com/about/) in 2016. Please enjoy our con…
 
Do you experience frustration that no matter how much you encourage people to speak up you still feel that you’re not hearing everything you need to hear? You’re not alone. Megan Reitz, author of “Speak Up”, visited the Greatness podcast to share her research about the conversational patters we become stuck within both as people and as organization…
 
Community – what does that word mean to you? To our team, community is critical to the vitality of an organization. It’s about focusing our energy and our actions to achieve a mutually important purpose. It’s about aligning our strategies and tactics based upon our common values. It’s about looking out for one another on the way to extraordinary su…
 
We speak frequently of an organization’s purpose, but purpose is also relevant to an industry. Judo Bank Co-Founder and Co-CEO Joseph Healy argues in his latest book, Breaking the Banks, that the global banking industry has lost it’s purpose. Joseph joined the Greatest podcast to reflect upon why banking is one of the least trusted industries globa…
 
One of the greatest challenges in creating an agile organization is driving urgency for the need to change. Covid-19 has created an urgent need to change. But what about two years from now? How can you, as a leader, create a nimble organization that is “proactive in reacting”, that embraces “wonder” and the urgent need to evolve? It was really fun …
 
How can leaders create learning organizations that enable people to achieve their greatest personal contribution? How can we as leaders not allow the stress of today’s situation to drive us back to the learned behaviors of a heroic culture? These are the strategic concerns of today’s world discussed by Jim Motroni, Senior Partner with Conversant, d…
 
Can you help someone develop collaboration skills? Absolutely according to Francesca Gino, Harvard professor and author of Rebel Talent. Francesca joined the Greatness podcast to discuss how critical collaboration is in today’s disruptive business environment and the six training techniques to build collaboration skills in yourself and others. Fran…
 
How can we have productive conversations with no visual cues? And, what does that tell us about how to thrive amid the big crisis-driven move to virtual communication? Mickey Connolly, Founder and Chairman of Conversant, joined the Greatness podcast to talk about one of the foundational tools of the organization, the “conversation meter”. When used…
 
Does your organization have a soul? Bill Boyar, Founding Shareholder of BoyarMiller, joined the Greatness podcast to discuss why he left one law firm, which “had no soul”, to found another firm where growing and making money was the outcome, not the purpose. Bill shares some of the tough decisions he and his partners have faced over the years, and …
 
What could be more interesting that 30 minutes on the phone with acclaimed Harvard professor, consultant and author Michael Beer? Not much and he has offered just that during this Greatness podcast. In his latest book, Fit to Compete, Mike states that most strategic failures spring from an organization’s inability to have honest conversations. It w…
 
How do you effectively engage a system of stakeholders for an extraordinary outcome? How do you create a “system of human connectedness” versus “disjointed simultaneous monologues”? Anne Murray Allen of Conversant joined the Greatness Podcast to discuss how The Nature Conservancy took a systems approach in addressing water quality on the Mississipp…
 
Thirty years ago this man, Ron Erps, had the courage to put a 27-year-old woman in charge of an 800 person manufacturing operation in a failing company that was given 12 months to turn it around or face closure. This leadership opportunity early in my career had a profound impact upon me and shaped my thinking on a number of topics – leadership, le…
 
Does your organization understand it’s role in bringing value to society? Are you exhibiting purpose-driven leadership? And is your organization focused upon a holistic approach to health and wellbeing? The Greatness podcast welcomed Dr. Amanda Rischbieth, business leader and visiting scientist at Harvard, to talk about these critical questions. Th…
 
Over the past month, capital projects teams across the country -- and truly, across the globe -- have been pulling out their emergency management plans as the impact of COVID-19 has pushed us all into unchartered territories. Even the giants in our industry are experiencing disruptions in construction, daily operations, and more commonly now over t…
 
How do you effectively bring the right 40 stakeholders together to collectively represent the interests of thousands of employees to avoid a seemingly unavoidable strike? How do you get the “system” in the conversation when your organization is facing seemingly insurmountable challenges? Conversant Chairman and Founder Mickey Connolly shares an inc…
 
Society is in a deep and vigorous discussion on the right trade-off between health and economy.. .. to many that is a shocking idea. Research into mental health in the workplace suggests that this trade-off is a reality of work, in fact “62% of managers have had to put the interests of their organization above staff wellbeing either sometimes, regu…
 
Over the past month, capital projects teams across the country -- and truly, across the globe -- have been pulling out their emergency management plans as the impact of COVID-19 has pushed us all into unchartered territories. Even the giants in our industry are experiencing disruptions in construction, daily operations, and more commonly now over t…
 
Over the past month, capital projects teams across the country — and truly, across the globe — have been pulling out their emergency management plans as the impact of COVID-19 has pushed us all into unchartered territories. Even the giants in our industry are experiencing disruptions in construction, daily operations, and more commonly now over the…
 
Many of you are facing difficult decisions about balancing the success of your business long term with the immediate needs of your people. Conversant Chairman and Founder, Mickey Connolly, discusses a timely case study where an organization handles the challenge of a plant closing with grace and respect for their employees.…
 
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