The Best Idea Wins (ft. Jay Jenkins)
Construction Brothers
by Construction Brothers
7h ago
He brought us coffee. 00:00 - IntroductionToday we welcome Jay Jenkins. Jay is Principal in charge of Higher Education and Operations at May Architecture. We invited him to the studio to learn about building a team that’s equipped to handle the unique challenges of college and university construction. Jay points out that colleges and universities are little cities unto themselves. Eddie brings up the fact that Jay’s teams have worked on projects at the University of Georgia and at Georgia Tech. Jay explains that each educational institution has its own culture. Jay says his job is making su ..read more
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The Risk in Failing to Act | 5 Minute Friday
Construction Brothers
by Construction Brothers
6d ago
Can you think of a more difficult decision than the one that President Truman had to make in 1945? We can’t Sometimes sitting still and not doing anything is the riskiest thing to do. Tyler recalls a conversation with friend of the show Henry Nutt III. Henry recounted a situation where his boss left him in a room and told him to sit tight until the boss returned. Henry sat around for a while and then decided to go ahead and do what it was that he thought had to be done in this room. His boss returned and decided that Henry had leadership skills. Entrepreneurship involves risk. It requir ..read more
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To Buy or Not To Buy, That Is the Question (ft. Rob Coakley)
Construction Brothers
by Construction Brothers
1w ago
Check out this link to learn more about the tools discussed in this episode. 00:00 - IntroductionRob Coakley is the equipment manager at Lithko Contracting. He’s here today to discuss a decision familiar to every construction business owner: to rent or to buy.  Rob shares some of Lithko’s history in order to set the stage for the complexity of the rent/buy decision. It boils down to this: Having a capital constraint along with a scalability issue put Lithko on the path toward rentals–more out of necessity and a desire for simplicity than to save money. Managing rentals on a large ..read more
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Be a Bright Spot | 5 Minute Friday
Construction Brothers
by Construction Brothers
1w ago
You are surrounded by people. You’ll be affecting these people in one way or another. You can choose what that effect will be. You can treat them kindly. You can show them grace. Or you can step on them. You can rip on them. You can take advantage of them. Today Eddie encourages you to be an encouraging presence in the lives of the people around you. It’s not always easy to do this in a competitive industry, but it’s also not impossible. Do everything you can to be as good as you can be to the people around you. Be a bright spot. Check out the partners that make our show possible. F ..read more
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Jiu-jitsu, Career Advice, and Lots of Laughs
Construction Brothers
by Construction Brothers
2w ago
00:00 - IntroductionWe’ve doubled our Tyler count today by inviting Tyler Williams to the studio. We start with some car talk: plug-in hybrids, 81 Chevies, and manual F-150s. Tyler W says he’s not loaded, but he’s keeping his eyes open for used trucks anyway. Everything is for sale. Eddie flashes back to being stranded in banjo country in his Brown Bomb Sierra. Tyler W shares about a conversation with the guy who developed the Raptor for the border patrol. This prompted him to pursue another product-development opportunity. Tyler C shares about his many Transit van aspirations. Before we ge ..read more
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Endless Good | 5 Minute Friday
Construction Brothers
by Construction Brothers
2w ago
This week Tyler hits us with a quote from Ronald Reagan: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” Tyler thinks this quote is one that has incredible relevance to the construction industry. Eddie points out that this is a trait of good leadership, but he does slightly counter Tyler’s commentary. Eddie focuses on the fact that leaders should shift their focus from individual ladder-climbing and aim instead to maximize growth. Tyler connects this to the words from the Bible that the first will be last. Eddie points out that money can’t buy sho ..read more
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Read Books | 5 Minute Friday
Construction Brothers
by Construction Brothers
2w ago
Today’s PSA: You should read more. And here’s Eddie’s claim: Reading an hour a day will put you at the top of your field within 10 years. What’s that you say? You don’t like to read? Eddie points out that Spotify Premium now has audiobooks. There’s also Audible, Libby (through your local library), and other audiobook apps. Eddie shares that he’s on his third audiobook this year. This fact leads Eddie and Tyler to debate whether audiobook listening should be considered reading. The bros discuss whether it would be advisable for them to attempt to publish a book. Then they spend some time di ..read more
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Pickleball (AKA The Secret to Life) | 5 Minute Friday
Construction Brothers
by Construction Brothers
2w ago
Would you guess by the title that Tyler picked today’s topic? He’s got a new paddle. We’re all very excited. In his extensive on-court experience, Tyler has learned that he plays better when he just doesn't beat himself up. His takeaway: When you’re excessively hard on yourself, you lose focus. When you just try to appreciate the experience and the opportunity to play, you play better. Eddie refers to Max Homa’s post-Master’s interview. Homa said that he’d played gratefully that day. Tyler breaks down the number of people who let their heads get in the way and fell behind until they shifted ..read more
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Endless Good
Construction Brothers
by Construction Brothers
2w ago
This week Tyler hits us with a quote from Ronald Reagan: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” Tyler thinks this quote is one that has incredible relevance to the construction industry. Eddie points out that this is a trait of good leadership, but he does slightly counter Tyler’s commentary. Eddie focuses on the fact that leaders should shift their focus from individual ladder-climbing and aim instead to maximize growth. Tyler connects this to the words from the Bible that the first will be last. Eddie points out that money can’t buy sho ..read more
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The E-Myth
Construction Brothers
by Construction Brothers
3w ago
00:00 - IntroductionWe open with coffee talk today–and sugar intake, including some beverage shortcuts. Tyler calls it cheaping out; Eddie calls it hillbilly lemonade. We also reminisce about our favorite waitress, 4’10” Miss Connie with the beehive haircut. Oh yeah, also pickle races. Poor Miss Connie. 08:05 - Entrepreneurship: A Good Idea?A few weeks ago, guest Matt Aston recommended the book The E-Myth Revisited (now available in an updated version). Tyler shares that this book hit him in the teeth when he picked it up recently. We’re discussing this book today because it’s filled with gre ..read more
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