5 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Data Communications Projects

Posted by Ernie Garza on Sep 4, 2019

Whether you’re new to data communications project management or you’ve been doing it for years, you want your projects to be successful. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), poor planning is the #1 cause of project failure. A successful project is built upon a detailed plan that guides all project activities and a project manager that each stakeholder understands their role in the project.

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Data Communications Construction Project Planning Part 2

Posted by Ernie Garza on Aug 28, 2019

Part 2: Requirements Checklist for Data Communications Project Planning for New Construction, Remodeling and Expansions.

This is part two in a two-article series on how to effectively plan a new construction, remodel, or expansion project involving data communications. In the first article, we laid out seven key planning considerations and provided a helpful data communications project planning worksheet.

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Data Communications Planning for Commercial Construction Projects Part 1

Posted by Ernie Garza on Aug 21, 2019

Part 1: 7 Key Data Communications Key Planning Considerations for New Construction, Remodeling and Expansions.

It may not be possible to anticipate every detail of a new construction, remodeling, or expansion data communications project. But with the right planning tools, you can conduct a thorough needs-assessment that will inform your design-build planning and set you up for a more successful outcome.

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Hagen's Hikes: The Green of Wisconsin Spring

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Aug 6, 2019

Here’s another installment of Hagen’s Hikes, following the progress of Tim Hagen as he treks Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail on his way to the 1000 Mile Club. Hagen’s journey started last December when he walked 6.2 miles along some Waukesha County trails. After learning the health benefits and enjoying the solitude of hiking, the decision to become an Ice Age Trail Thousand-Miler was easy. Old Man Winter gave Hagen a few challenges, but he gave it right back. Here’s how he fared in spring.

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Hagen's Hikes: Weekend Warrior Goes Trailside with Old Man Winter

Posted by E.V. Thompson on May 20, 2019

Once again, we follow Lemberg Service Manager as he treks his way across the Ice Age Trail on his quest to complete the 1000-mile trail, one segment at a time. As you might imagine, weather can make or break a hike. Here we follow Hagen’s first few months of 2019 as he went trailside with Old Man Winter.

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Why Multitasking Is Not A Thing

Posted by E.V. Thompson on May 1, 2019

In a recent article on eight simple productivity hacks, Forbes reported that those who multitask are not necessarily more productive. In fact, they are more distracted by "irrelevant environmental stimuli." Pick your distraction: Insta updates, iPhone notifications, texts, email, phone calls, the open-door-pop-in chat or can-you-stop-what-you're-doing-to-help-me chat. That doesn't even begin to address open-area work environments where distractions hit just about every one of the senses. What's more is that those same multitaskers also perform worse in tests that measure the ability to switch tasks. WHAT? 

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Budget vs. Estimate: Why you need both for accuracy.

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Apr 22, 2019

Large construction projects can be tricky to estimate. The sheer volume of detail can create the perfect storm for overlooking things that should be obvious on the outset. To avoid an inaccurate estimate, our construction division uses a simple but effective tool.

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Hagen's Hikes: The Thousand-Mile Ice Age Challenge

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Apr 12, 2019

The invitation is always open: join the weekend hike!

But, if you're going to tag along, make sure you wear good shoes and bring water because this is no casual hike. Lemberg Service Manager Tim Hagen has a goal to be recognized by Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) as one of the few who have hiked the entire 1,000+mile Ice Age Trail -- and he's happy to have company along his journey, as long as you show up prepared.

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4 Ways to Make Positive Feedback More Meaningful

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Apr 8, 2019

Recently, after facilitating a leadership workshop, I received this question on an evaluation: “Recognition and thank you’s can come across as insincere. How do we overcome that?”

It’s a great question. Giving positive feedback in the workplace is important, especially when you’re the leader. Recognition, appreciation and gratitude for good work has motivational power. It also enhances employee engagement.

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Know Thy Audience; Make Them Move

Posted by John Wachniak on Mar 26, 2019

In advertising, knowing your audience is paramount to getting results. It’s part of creating the overall customer brand experience – the experience that leaves your customer with an impression that will either drive them to repeat or abandon their relationship with your product or service.

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