Creating Clear Goals & Incentives

The first step to building an outstanding construction crew is to find and hire skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated employees. Once you hire these skilled workers, however, you have to make certain that you can keep them on your crew. While not everyone will be lured away by a slightly better paycheck, employees today are often enticed by benefits and other workplace bonuses, including a strong workplace culture within which they feel appreciated. If you don’t or can’t offer some of these benefits, you may find that it’s hard to keep your top employees, and even supervisors, expeditors and job managers.

An Underutilized Leadership Discipline

Achievement, growth and progress come with a funny by-product. We adapt.  What was once “out there” and seemingly unreachable, becomes normal, expected, routine. This happens because in our minds there are multiple realities simultaneously occurring with the brain bouncing back and forth between the facts about where it is today and the fantasy of where it believes it should be. This creates a void between the two points and in that void is the pursuit, the hunt, the drive to achieve, grow and progress toward something different.

3 Essential Factors to Finding the Right Employees

Employee selection, recruitment, and retention are essential aspects of running a business that the owner and managers are responsible for. Maintaining a quality staff is one of the vital parts of running a successful business, and there are some critical and proven ideas to keep in mind when it comes to this.

Leaders Who Show Extreme Ownership

In his book, “Extreme Ownership”, leadership consultant and retired Navy SEAL officer, Jocko Willink shares the essence of the work in one overarching statement: “The book derives its title from the underlying principle — the mind-set — that provides the foundation for all the rest: Extreme Ownership. Leaders must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame.” Embracing this principle can be simultaneously empowering and daunting. Should a leader take full ownership for a mistake even when the team member is clearly and fully at fault? It depends on what your goal is. 

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Conflict and Leading Teams

High-Performing teams are increasingly becoming a competitive advantage because while competitors may copy your process or product, they cannot copy your people. 

In his popular business fable, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”, author and management consultant Patrick Lencioni describes five common obstacles (dysfunctions) that prevent teams from executing at their best. While these issues do not disappear easily, the most cohesive and effective teams intentionally practice and improve these five areas:

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How Leaders Multiply Results

Have you ever been part of a high-performing team where there was a multiplier effect stemming from the leader – someone who successfully brought out the best in you and others? Doing this as a collective is called synergy and great leaders seek synergy to help their teams perform to their potential. But what is it exactly and how do you achieve it?

The Risks Associated with Blowing Off a Succession Plan

Do you have a succession plan for your construction company? If you don’t, you’re leaving your entire business open to a number of risks.
Unfortunately, a number of companies (both in construction and in other industries) don’t have succession plans. There are a number of reasons for this, but none of them are good. Succession plans are vital to ensure that your company continues on should something happen to you or to other key members of your leadership team. If you don’t have a succession plan, learning about the risks that come with ignoring this vital document may make you change your mind.