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Life is like a box of chocolates... Forrest Gump’s mother said, you never know what you’re going to get…

Well I don’t agree with this homespun piece of philosophy but it seems some leaders in the UK Construction Industry do.
We are all a sum of our choices and…. and we are where we are. We have seen this economic catastrophe coming for sometime now. The Forrest Gumpers could have steered their respective ships away in order to minimize the effect on their businesses but many companies and organizations didn’t believe it was going to be quite as bad as it has turned out to be.

Those that lost steering are now blaming it on bad luck and those who have turned the wheel are staying relatively quiet. Some are now saying there will be a double dip next year when the true value of assets is adjusted (just like every good accountant advises!) So there will be yet another opportunity to blame bad luck.

We have all been affected by this dreadful economic event some for the worse and surprisingly some for the better and we can’t quite work out why. I think its about having a company that enjoys being in the industry it works in. Those who love and understand construction seem to do OK whilst those who don’t …..don’t.  As Tom Peters says you don’t make money out of running a business you don’t understand.

There is a wikifact (oxymoron) that says the Chinese symbol for crisis is made up of 2 symbols  danger and opportunity. (Actually I believe the word is made up of 2 syllables which are the 2 words in themselves.)

Nonetheless the point is made that now may be time to start to do something from nothing. Just think you will not have all the baggage that the big companies have. I think that many are in denial about where they really are and will be writing off millions for years to come. If you do what is right from the outset then your waterloo may never come. 

My advice for  those companies and organisations blaming their current situation on bad luck is come on -  get real. Famously,  a golfer once said “the harder I practice the luckier I get” and its one piece of advice I totally believe in.

Own up to where you really are. Take a good look at yourself and sort yourself out.

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