By Tim Lawlor

Associate publisher, Ottawa Construction News

As we get ready for the New Year, here are a few tidbits from Kevin Dee that I find very helpful and help your business grow and be successful.

Get input, share ideas…

            If you are of the opinion that nobody knows the answer better than you, then you might disagree with the premise of this article.

            Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

There are people who will only accept input, advice or opinion from a certain group of people that they trust. While that is better than thinking they have all the answers themselves, it is still an artificial limit on potentially valuable input.

            “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

You do not need to agree with everyone who provides input … but you really should give it serious consideration. Even if one small aspect of their argument gives you pause, then you have received value.

            “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro

The breadth of thinking, the differences in opinion and the multiple views will provide valuable information from which you can make informed decisions.

            “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Henry Ford

If you think you have all the answers you will quickly find yourself alone … and that is not a good place to be!

Excerpts reprinted with permission from Kevin Dee founder and CEO, Eagle Professional Resources Inc., a privately owned and operated Canadian professional staffing company.

All the very best for you in the New Year and thank you all very much for your continued interest in and support of the Ottawa Construction News.

            Tim Lawlor can be reached by email at or by phone (note the new number) at (613) 699-2057 ext 210.


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