Whether you have a 5,000 yard pour or 5 yard pour it takes a solid plan to be successful. First make sure youhave figured the logistics out
With a solid logisitics plan, appropriate size pad/pump , spacing on concrete trucks (placing as quickly as possible without overwhelming the finishers or consolidation crew), right amount of manpower; flagging trucks to the pump, place and finish the concrete. You can create a placment flow where you make money, not stess out workers and leave the owner with a quality product.
Picture your greatest successful moment; now consider how you achieved it. Was it the preparation beforehand? Visualizing the completion of the goal over and over, strategizing week after week before attempting the task? Now look at a very memorable moment for a successful athlete. Surprisingly, there are many similar attributes pertaining to successful athletes and successful construction leaders. They too visualize, strategize, and replay all possible scenarios over and over to achieve that greatest success. In construction, there is always a critical path, the unknowns or the unexpected, forcing us to excel above the norm to meet the challenge. One way to excel is visualize each step being executed successfully before attempting the task. Ultimately breaking it down into steps executed to perfection and never dream of failure. Although it’s necessary to have a back up strategy, the focus should be successfully completing the goal.
Asking crews who work in extreme conditions, deal with tight budgets and have demanding schedule’s, to have fun at work might sound ludicrous, right?
However, that's exactly what we should be striving towards. When the work environment is fun, morale will be high, productivity will be up and a sense of belonging will be evident. Here's a couple of ways to create a fun work environment in one of the toughest professions.
Challenge: By challenging employees to learn new skills, accept creative ideas and reach beyond their full potential, this will instill passion and excitement for the employee giving them room to grow in an interactive and engaged environment that excites them.
Involvement: When employees become involved, it creates an environment where information, ideas and suggestions can flow freely connecting the group. Participation is the binder to open communication, giving them a sense of community where collaboration and sharing are welcome.
Show appreciation: Who can have fun when schedules are beat, budgets met and all the while working through extreme conditions, while not a single "Great Job" ever mentioned? As you can imagine, not a very positive attitude would come from this scenario. on the other hand, if through these conditions and accomplishments they're showed appreciation, they will have a sense that their hard work did not go unnoticed.
When employees love to come to work and have fun, their attitude, performance, efforts will show.
It all starts with the vision of one, collaboration with others and follow through form all to successfully execute a plan. Sounds simple, right? However, one missed step can ruin the planning and effort by the rest of the team. Therefore, setting a couple simple control measures will help prevent changes to your goal.
It's great to have a vision, but it takes collaboration and follow through to successfully complete a goal. Why go through all the effort and time needed to come up with a great plan only to have it fail, from one oversight?
Your attitude is the most important tool for the job! It will reflect in your crew's performance, so if you have a negative or un-enthusiastic attitude, so will your crew.
A prime example was watching Jay Cutler sitting on the bench in the Packers/Bears game this past Sunday. No passion, no drive, no emotion! If you don't show passion either will the crew's you lead. They will have no desire to follow. But why should they?
Do you want the secret to leading a successful crew. Ready? Here it is... PASSION!!!
If you show passion to reach a goal, milestone, budget,and safety, one simple step from you will drive your crews with excitement .
So tomorrow, let's get your team fired up with enthusiasm!
It would be ideal to manage a job with nothing but experienced crews, unfortunately we don't have that convenience right now. However, it’s rather exciting! We have an opportunity to train and mentor our hot shots, the next large project leaders. Taking these young, motivated employee's and granting them their shot, leaving them enough room to experience independence, success along with expected failure. Although enjoyable and exciting, it’s also a responsibility. Yet, three simple rules can help them succeed!
We don’t have the convenience of guiding them through an eight year apprenticeship program; we need them ready in three! Spending the time to mentor the younger generation can be time consuming and demanding, but when done the right way the benefits are rewarding.
We have all witnessed the frustrating conversations between managers and the field, where both parties walk away angry, upset, frustrated and without mutually accepted resolution. Conversations in construction can become heated, however once a person's face starts turning Red it should be a sign to STOP. As a manager it's their job to manage people and situations, let's review what managers communicate and what should be communicated.
What manager say
What managers should be saying
Managers primary job: managing people. They need to recognize that Red means STOP and LISTEN!
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