I love construction! I love everything about it; the hard work, new technologies, the people, the early and late concrete pours, just the whole process of constructing. Yes, I have a sense of pride, which is one reason I have been successful in construction. So I thought I would share what I believe are seven steps to construction success.
1. Show passion: Everyone loves a passionate leader. Others feed off their passion and become passionate about it themselves. If you're not passionate about your job, you won't be successful even if the project is.
2. Show appreciation: If they bring value to your job, company or projects, show appreciation. Let them know their efforts are being noticed. This will go a long way and will be something they won't forget.
3. Measure: Why stand back at the end of the job to measure your progress. If you want to feel accomplished, measure daily. Be proud of what you achieved and set goals to keep you productive, interested, and motivated.
4. Collaborate: Involving people are what separates the “my job” to “our job”. When you invite others to participate in decision-making, and goal setting, and ask for advice, input and suggestions, they feel like they are part of the project. Also when you feel accomplished, they will as well because they were included up front.
5. Have a sense of pride: You build amazing structures be proud of it!!! Construction is hard work, but the payoff is tenfold, drive around this week or search the web for projects you have completed. It's that sense of pride that drives us.
6. Do it right the first time: As we all know re-work is costly, but think how it affects crew morale. You can see it on their faces when something was built, poured or placed wrong and it has to be fixed. All the momentum up to this point has been shot. Having checks in place to ensure everything is correct before it's covered up will make you successful, not only on the job but your crew will notice as well. I mean, who doesn't want to follow a leader who get's it right the first time. To double check takes minutes to fix could take weeks or even months.
7. Don’t box yourself in: Never think you can't achieve whatever it is you want. Don’t settle for superintendent if you want to be a manager. Don’t settle for jobsite layout make it project logistics and control manager. Find a title or a job you want and make it happen! Don’t get stuck with the status quo, define your own position, title and sell it. There is no telling what the future holds so make it anything you want. Now is the time all the power is in the hands of the skilled worker.
Construction is not an easy career. It can be frustrating, tiring and painful at times. However, it can also be one of the most rewarding careers. Don’t just say I’m a construction worker, say I am building the world or I am a constructor. Be proud of all your accomplishments. Remember; if you want to be successful think about how you treat people, your passion and goals. Once you have those figured, out the rest will be easy.
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