Adam Cooper featured on Unstoppable Talk Podcast

The latest episode of Unstoppable Talkhosted by Sam Schutte, features our very own Adam Cooper. The discussion centered around how Ascent Consulting works with construction companies to make them...

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Construction Downturn Strategies - Part II: Finances

In our first article we reviewed market diversification. In this second installment of our series on Construction Downturn Strategies, we will explore how you, along with help from your CFO or...

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10 Key Skills of Successful Project Managers

Whether you’re evaluating the performance of your current Project Managers, or looking to hire a “Star Performer” for your construction team, how do you do it?  What are the key skills, competencies,...

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Rewarding Construction Project Managers - Incentive Packages Part III

Employees are the lifeblood of every construction company.  No matter the size of the company, each individual serves a purpose, and their performance either helps or hinders the organization – there...

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Construction Bonus Structures: Incentive Packages Part II

The goal of all compensation and incentive programs is to drive desired behaviors across the organization. In our previous article, we dove into the history of performance assessments and what the...

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Ascent Safety

How Safety Impacts Profits

How big does a construction company have to grow before it needs a safety program? Is it determined by sales volume, number of employees or contract sizes? In truth, it is never too early to...

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Bermac Safety Lunch & Learn

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 A huge thank you goes out to BERMAC Safety for inviting me to serve as the moderator for their Safety Lunch & Learn last month. 

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Injury Prevention & Wellness Programs - (guest author)

Healthcare is one of our nation's primary concerns and, for many companies, represents one of the largest single expenditures, second only to payroll… Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dr....

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Partnering With Local Suppliers

In the world of electrical contracting, we rely heavily on our suppliers and vendors to support us, but we typically don’t take the time to support them; to help them to help us be successful.

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Change Orders

Change orders are an integral part of every construction project. No amount of design, engineering, planning or scheduling can completely eliminate the potential for construction changes with cost...

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Project Labor – Cost Management

In this article, we are going to explore project labor – the part of every project with the most risk and the least control. Labor cost management is typically what defines a project as a success or...

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Purchasing Methodologies (Centralized vs. Project Level)

This month we will explore a critical facet of every contractor’s business: Purchasing.

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Pre-Fabrication

As many electrical contractors are discovering, Pre-fabrication, or ‘Pre-fab’, offers opportunities for material and labor savings by using an assembly line approach to manufacturing and applying it...

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