- Quick Planning. Sure you hope to start running right out of the gate with your recent promotion. Yet, you don't want to start off on the wrong foot; re-work, un-organization and poor communication won't make a killer impression on your crew. Take the time to review schedule, sequence and budget before commanding your crew. You can't achieve your objectives if no one clearly understands them.
- Not Believing In Yourself. There's a reason you were promoted, believe in yourself and trust your instincts (they're what earned you that position in the first place). Although having confidence in yourself is necessary, if you're not sure of something, ask questions and ask for advice.
- Hoarding Information. Share information! The smartest person on the job does not possess all the info, the smartest person on the job shares info. Who wouldn't like to know what they're building, when there pouring or what the reinforcing is spaced at? Not only does sharing information engage employees, it's your second eyes helping to eliminate mistakes.
- Taking on too much. Not delegating and taking on all the responsibility is one of the quickest ways to become overwhelmed. Delegation not only can take the load off your shoulders, but also drive others to step up showing you what they can bring.
You finally got the promotion you've been waiting for! Now it's up to you to make the most of it, push the nerves aside, take a deep breathe and avoid the 4 common mistakes new foreman often make.