Imagine where training, problem solving and production can go with the power of Google Glass ,and what it could bring to an industry like construction. To see through the eyes of the supervisor, architect, engineer or craft worker in real time to solve problems, ask questions or document best practices to share with your co-workers, seems to be a pretty powerful tool. The time savings with punch list or the to-dos that we seem to make notes in our smartphones then forget all about, now we can just send it as we are walking, so we don't forget.
Yes, I am excited for the introduction of Glass into the construction industry!
The planning and prep work have been completed, now its time to put the plan into motion.
So you hold you morning meeting letting everyone know the goals for the day, then ask for any suggestions or ideas before you get started. Throughout the day you ask questions, offer suggestions or explanations, keeping them motivated to meet the goals while maintaining the quality and production.When you make them feel like their thoughts and suggestions matter, its amazing how hard they will work for you to accomplish the goals you have set forth.
What is it going to take for companies to realize, how they ran a business ten years ago won't work today.
How many good leaders will leave before we make changes? I have seen some good leaders and potential future leaders leave, not for the money, but because of the experience they are missing out on now at this moment. They want the responsibility, they want to learn and to grow, but more than anything they just want the opportunity. They want their shot to showcase what they're capable of, they are motivated, dedicated and determined to accomplish the impossible if they can just, be given the opportunity! Leaders and future leaders are no different then any other employee's, yet we seem to have a hard time treating them the same because of our expectations we have with our shiny stars, we fail in the following ways:
A leader is one who inspires and motivates workers to work hard to achieve organizational goals.
We could talk about leadership for day's, but I just wanted to hit on how a leader talks to you.
A true leader will help work through the question-what should we be doing?, then ask for your thoughts on how it can be achieved. He will work through it with you to come up with the optimal plan. You will walk away from the conversation feeling excited about the task given to you, and willing to give everything you have to accomplish the goal. We have had good and bad leaders in our careers, just remember the ones that inspired you to be the best you can be, and pay it forward!
There is just something about construction and the daily progress that can really motivate someone.
You see these amazing feats; building built in eleven days,house built in one day or even a high rise going up a level every two days. What you don't see is all the planning that happens before the feat is accomplished. The long hours, late nights and weekends spent collaborating and planning all payoff when you have accomplished something amazing in what seemed to be impossible timeframe. If you take the same mentality and apply it to the job your on now, think of what you could accomplish. You could take a five day scheduled assignment and turn it into a two day task, that would be awesome!. Typically the planning process is short and sweet, then we run off and start building the project, only to run into problems, delays and roadblocks. Create an aggressive schedule, cut out all the un-necessary steps and see what you can accomplish.
There is nothing more frustrating than the foreman who knew nothing
Q. when can we start this?
A. I don't know
Q. How late are we working?
A. I don't know
Q. How are we suppose to accomplish that?
A. I don't know
Yea we have become all to familiar with the leader of the crew who's answer for everything is ill have to check with (---). When the guys below you lose respect and are not willing to follow you, well thats the time to call it quits, move on find another occupation. But don't keep pretending to be a leader, when all you really are is a pass through leader (information comes from the supervisor above you and all you do is relay the message).
Why is it important for everyone to care about productivity? and why should they care?
When we are asking our crews to step up the productivity, we need to ask ourselves three questions first.
Tomorrow watch your job from higher grounds, notice how many un necessary steps our crews are taking to complete a task. I bet you will notice crews double handling material, staging material in the way of another trade or even the outhouses in a bad location. Once we start thinking and looking at how many extra steps we are asking our guy's to take everyday and what simple steps we can take to avoid this and become more efficient all around.
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