May 18, 2021

EP 20: The 5 Disciplines

EP 20: The 5 Disciplines

Bob Whitten is one of the home building industry’s most respected financial & business management consultants and a frequent speaker to industry groups. He has conducted over 750 workshops and seminars, and is the bestselling author of the NAHB book “Building Partnerships: How to Work with Trade Contractors”. Since 1989 he has taken the stage at the International Builder Show to share his wisdom on business management for homebuilders.


Bob Whitten is one of the home building industry’s most respected financial & business management consultants and a frequent speaker to industry groups. He has conducted over 750 workshops and seminars, and is the bestselling author of the NAHB book “Building Partnerships: How to Work with Trade Contractors”. Since 1989 he has taken the stage at the International Builder Show to share his wisdom on business management for homebuilders. A lot of people know how to build houses but very few people know how to build good companies.

Show highlights include:

  • The “5 Disciplines” that make building a good business easier than building a home (5:42) 
  • How your business can go belly up even if you have the best systems, fanciest software, and best trucks (7:48) 
  • How the “pre-construction period” helps you build homes more efficiently and more profitably (9:15) 
  • The single most important metric for long-term success that has nothing to do with how many houses you build each year (16:59) 
  • Building or remodeling fewer houses may actually make you more money (17:28)
  • One of the biggest risks for custom builders and remodelers is spending too much on overhead and not making enough margin on the jobs we do (14:44)

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If you’d like to learn how Bob’s consulting can help grow your business, send him an email at BWhitten@smaops.com.

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