INTRODUCTIONThe Case for Integrating Fun and Work

Anyone who’s worked with contractors on a building project has a story; usually it’s a horror story. Contractors, these stories go, are a real pain. They tell you one thing and do another; they substitute materials; they move tradespeople arbitrarily from one job to another so there’s no continuity on your project. In short, working with contractors is not fun. Or so the stories go.

My experience, however, is 180° different. My contractor story is a fun one and the payoff, the final product, is award-winning. And it’s different because in my story the contractors had fun at work.

It took me two years to find the right space for my new office. For the first five years of my business, I worked ...

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