On this episode, Peggy Smedley takes viewers deep inside the City of Aurora. She has conversations with Mayor Richard Irvin, City of Aurora, Michael Pegues, CIO, City of Aurora, and Keith Gerald, executive director, OnLight Aurora—all of which help identify how technology can help with both sustainability and resiliency. The future is bright for this city of lights.
Conventional concrete has been used as a building material since Joseph Aspdin invented Portland cement in 1824. It works just fine for many building projects since it’s easy to produce and to deliver to the jobsite. However, it’s not exactly an easy material to work with. Concrete requires a tremendous amount of labor (and heavy equipment) just to move, place, and finish.
Construction professionals recognize the skilled labor shortage is causing a ripple effect that is impacting every single business across the country. The good news; however, is that technology can help in a big way, especially if implemented at the right time within the right company.
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Peggy chats with Kristina Swallow, president, American Society of Civil Engineers, about our nation’s infrastructure and its grade of a D+. Swallow explains that the ASCE sees three solutions that can help solve this: investment, leadership, and planning for the future. She says it has also identified that between now and 2025 in order to bring the grade to a B, it would require $4.6 trillion—and we are currently spending $2.6 trillion. She suggests public-private partnerships are one piece of the puzzle, but ultimately it is user fees. asce.org
Peggy talks with author of The Leader Habit and CEO of Pinsight, Martin Lanik, who says he chose the word habit because most of our daily behavior is influenced by habit. He asks: What if leadership was a habit and how can you develop positive habits as a leader? He explains that microbehaviors turn into habits, and leadership should become as natural as making your bed in the morning or brushing your teeth. We know effective leaders delegate in an effective way, he continues. pinsight.com