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FranklinCovey's 7 Habits Coach

Members can also sign up for FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits Coach 10-episode webcast series designed to help navigate real problems in challenging times. The series will be delivered daily for 10 days to help you:

  • • Focus on what you can influence when there is a lot out of your control.
  • • Get the skills to prioritize in the midst of overwhelming outside sources.
  • • Apply timeless principles to preserve relationships with family, friends and colleagues in times of stress.
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Transforming Cost Management: The Next Wave of Construction’s Digital Evolution

Construction Executive

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Moderator:    Maggie Murphy, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

The second wave of construction’s digital transformation is here and advancing cost management is at the forefront. Explore how real-time financial tools can improve your bottom line and redefine what’s possible for construction cost management.

Over the last two decades, construction’s digital transformation has focused on digitizing drawing and documentation management, while largely ignoring cost management. Today we have drones taking progress project photos, robots surveying jobsites and contracts being executed on iPads, yet we still use the same 25-year-old forecast spreadsheets.

According to a 2017 McKinsey report, 70% of projects experience cost overruns, and that likelihood increases to 98% for megaprojects. In order for companies to endure in this unpredictable global economy and compete on tighter margins, improving cost controls and forecasting must be a priority in 2021.

Join this webinar to:

  • • Understand how collaborative, real time financial management can help boost your bottom line.
  • • Learn how putting financial tools in the hands of field teams can improve field-to-office collaboration and protect your profit margins.
  • • attract and retain a new generation of talent;
  • • Gain insight into the future of construction cost management and the need to transform project controls across technology, processes and people.
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Contract Negotiation: How to Satisfy Your Goals While Strengthening Your Relationships

Construction Executive

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Eliot Wagonheim, Founder, Wagonheim U; Principal, Wagonheim Law
Moderator:    Maggie Murphy, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Many webinars and trainings focus on individual contract provisions, but this webinar covers what other sessions don’t teach you! Presented by construction lawyer, educator and speaker Eliot Wagonheim of Wagonheim Law and WagonheimU, this webinar will detail the step-by-step process that has been proven to turn adversarial conversations into collaborative ones. Learn how to negotiate like a lawyer to get what you want while still working for the other side.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • • Why you never send the revisions first.
  • • The process to gain cooperation from the other side even when you have been told the contract is “take-it-or-leave-it.”
  • • How to create a collaborative environment that simultaneously strengthens the relationship and protects your interests.
  • • How to negotiate revisions to the agreement.
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The Connected Jobsite: Integrating people, process, and product (Updated)

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Chandler Brooks, Procore; Morgan Fountain, TD Industries; Brianne Stewart, Milwaukee Tool
Moderator:    Matt Abeles, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members Only

Technology to connect people, process and product on the jobsite has grown exponentially more important over the past year. Join ABC, along with representatives from TDIndustries, Milwaukee Tool and Procore, to discuss the benefits of an integrated relationship. This webinar will highlight benefits to the end user in the field and to their business and will also cover the direction of the industry’s advancement in connecting all jobsite stakeholders together.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Chandler Brooks, head of industry partnerships and alliances, Procore

Chandler Brooks has spent the last 12 years in the industry from architecture to contracting to construction technology, connecting disparate dots of information, people and process fueled by his passion for advancing the construction industry as the Industry of choice. As head of Procore’s industry partnerships and alliances team, he catalyzes the Procore vision for the Industry by partnering with the most influential organizations that serve it.

Brianne Stewart, construction technology manager, Milwaukee Tool
As a construction technology manager at Milwaukee Tool, Brianne Stewart explores construction trends and emerging technologies to drive practical, user-focused solutions. She has over 10 years of experience in the manufacturing and development of consumer products, diesel engines and power tool accessories. These diverse industry experiences are bound together by her passion for connecting people, processes and tools to deliver the best products to customers.

Morgan Fountain, Enterprise Project Manager, TD Industries
Morgan Fountain is an enterprise project manager for TDIndustries’ Project Management Office. She leads process improvement initiatives, corporate objectives, technology implementations and business unit/geography strategic initiatives with project teams, key stakeholders and leadership. Morgan holds a lean Six Sigma green belt certification, a certificate of management in lean from the Association of General Contractors and a certified scrum master and certified change practitioner through Prosci.

Matt Abeles, Moderator. Matt Abeles is vice president of construction Technology and Innovation for ABC National, responsible for educating members to be safer and more profitable and win work through technology and innovation.
Abeles co-founded BuiltWorlds in 2014, a media company and digital network for construction, real estate, finance and development leaders, which hosts global events and produces industry research.

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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government continues to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC has advocated for and supported critical policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. ABC also urges Congress to consider necessary modifications to current programs and additional relief to ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback once the crisis is over.

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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.

 

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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.

 

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Overview of New Hotel Engine and Travelers Haven Programs

Date: Thursday, July 1, 2018 Watch Now
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Length: 30 Minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Drew McGeein

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
This webinar provides an overview of the new Hotel Engine/Travelers Haven discount programs.  In addition to an overview, a demo of the online platform features for each program is reviewed.
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George Mason University: Prevailing Wage Legislation and the Continuing Significance of Race

A study released in June 2018 by the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School found that prevailing wage laws discriminate against minority construction workers who have been traditionally underrepresented in labor unions. By examining the Davis-Bacon Act and the original intent of the law to exclude African-American construction workers from working on federal projects, to looking at the continuing effects of prevailing wage laws and the lack of minority participation in labor unions, the authors conclude  that prevailing wage legislation has been a disaster for minority construction workers.

 

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Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence Finds Flawed and Outdated Prevailing Wage Calculation Process

A study released by the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence found that the
prevailing wage determination process utilized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry leads to inaccurate wage rates on construction projects. A disproportionate 75 percent of prevailing wages reflected union rates in the period analyzed in the study, even though just 32 percent of private construction workers in Minnesota belong to a union. The authors also discovered that 72 percent of all prevailing wage rates were set using old rates, imported rates or a combination of both.  

 

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