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How to Create Amazing Collaboration and Project Success Using Lean Principles

September 11, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Brent Darnell
BD International

Tracey Kidder said, “Building is the quintessential act of civilization.” Think about it. If three people washed up on a deserted island, the first thing they would do is collaboratively build a shelter. Unless, of course, the three people were an architect, owner’s rep, and contractor. Then, they would have to wait for two lawyers to wash up on the beach so that they could proceed with the project.

There is a project that I read about recently where the parties involved hate each other. I don’t say that lightly. You can tell from their comments that they truly loathe and despise each other. The ENR article titled “A Hospital Job Dispute Reaches Fever Pitch” tells of a total meltdown with all parties involved.

How did this project get to this point? Could the parties involved have seen this coming? How did they begin the project, and more importantly, what can you do on your projects to avoid such a fate?

Attend this session to learn:

  •      How to set up a project from the beginning to ensure trust and collaboration.
  •      How to use the concepts of emotional intelligence and peak performance to ensure the highest level of mental, physical and emotional performance for every project stakeholder.
  •      How to measure and continually improve people and project metrics throughout the entire project.


Speakers Bio:

Brent Darnell is the pioneer in bringing emotional intelligence to the construction industry. He began teaching it in 1999 before the AEC industry knew they needed it. In 2012 he was awarded Engineering News Record’s top 25 newsmaker’s award for his record breaking program that transforms Alpha males into service focused leaders. In 2017, he also won the volunteer of the year award for AGC Georgia.

Brent is second generation in the industry. He grew up walking projects like the Plaza Tower in New Orleans with his Dad. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1981 and spent 15 years as a project manager on jobs such as the Brooke Army Medical Center and housing for athletes in the Olympic Village in Atlanta. The impact

The impact of Brent’s unique programs spans the globe to 20 countries from the US to places such as New York, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Cape Town, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Prague, London, and as far away as Hong Kong.

His clients include Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Beck, Jacobsen, McCarthy, Beck, Manhattan, Clark, Heery, Kiewit, Barton-Malow, Batson-Cook, Brasfield & Gorrie, and Granite.

He has also worked at the national level with AEC support organizations like the AGC, ABC, DBIA, CURT, COAA, CMAA, and LCI among others. He is a sought after speaker at these national conferences.

He is an adjunct professor at such notable universities as Auburn, Penn State and Virginia Tech in an effort to ensure that young people come into the industry with much needed people skills.

He has authored many books geared to the construction industry such as The People Profit Connection and The Tough Guy Survival Kit. His books have sold over 50,000 copies worldwide.

Brent has recently developed the world’s first online e-learning courses on emotional intelligence and soft skills for the AEC industry. He is a true Renaissance man. He is a mechanical engineer, actor, playwright, musician, poet, yoga instructor, and book publisher.

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