Why We Make Bad Decisions

Published on February 20, 2019

By Dan Huckabay, President
Commercial Surety Bond Agency
In Jim Collins’ famous book Good to Great (Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t), he says that, “One of the dominant themes from our research is that breakthrough results come about by a series of good decisions, diligently executed and accumulated one ...
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Chief Executive Officer or Chief Risk Officer – Which are You?

Published on January 1, 2019

By Dan Huckabay, President
Commercial Surety Bond Agency
Warren Buffet has said that the true role of any Chief Executive Officer is to be the Chief Risk Officer. In no business could this be any more true than in construction. Here are three risks that Warren Buffet focuses on, which could benefit contractors ...
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Are you Ready for the Recession?

Published on November 1, 2018

By Dan Huckabay, President
Commercial Surety Bond Agency
Have you heard there’s a recession coming? Don’t panic, it won’t be tomorrow or next month, but according to many economists, it is getting ...
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Is Your Company the Next Kodak?

Published on October 1, 2018

By Dan Huckabay, President
Commercial Surety Bond Agency
I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review titled, Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology, and the author did a great job of getting to the core of Kodak’s true problems. If you’re like me and many other others, you accepted the narrative told ...
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Steve Jobs – How Laser Focus Lead to His Success

Published on August 1, 2018

By Dan Huckabay, President
Commercial Surety Bond Agency
Most people attribute Steve Job’s success to his incredible creative genius, which was certainly a huge factor, but what many don’t realize is how his ability to identify his top three priorities and obsessively laser in on them was what helped him execute his great ...
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Higher Gross Profit Margins – Are we there yet?

Published on June 1, 2018

By Dan Huckabay, President
Commercial Surety Bond Agency
Much like kids on a road trip with their parents, we have all been asking, “When are we going to get there?”. Well kids, we have arrived, and we are finally starting to see higher gross profit margins in the construction ...
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7 Tips to Increase Bonding Capacity

Published on April 1, 2018

By Dan Huckabay, President
Commercial Surety Bond Agency
As the construction market continues to improve, we are seeing more contractors needing increased bonding capacity. For some contractors this means wanting the ability to bid larger projects and for others it’s a matter of more overall bonding capacity to support their growing ...
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Ego is the Enemy

Published on February 1, 2018

By Dan Huckabay, President
Commercial Surety Bond Agency
I just finished reading a fantastic book by Ryan Holiday titled, Ego is the Enemy. Ryan goes into detail about the various ways ego sabotages our efforts, and how it often does so in a subtle and elusive way like water rotting out the foundation ...
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