Justin Santistevan wrote this guest blog to give us his perspective as a young, new superintendent.
So you finally made it! You are a Superintendent... Now what? If you are anything like me, you might be thinking, “what am I suppose to do now?”
Schedule is obviously a high priority. Getting to know what needs to be done first, who do I need to get on board, and when.
After studying the schedule you’ll know whom you need to contact and get on board first. Then, I talk to them about sequence; what do they need in order to start on time and create a flow that will keep them productive and keep the other contactors working behind them on task? As you bring on contractors, make that know to the rest of the team. For instance communicate with the framer that the window installer is going to be starting in two weeks and will be starting in the same areas that you started and he will follow you. Promote coordination and team work with all the contractors on the job. Each contractor’s scope is important, big or small; treat them all as though they are.
Finding the drivers, the contractors that can make or break the project. After studying the schedule, I went to those contractors first. By talking to them and getting them to buy into the schedule, we can determine what needs to happen in order to achieve success. Eliminating the need to work over top of each other or working 100 hours a week to meet the schedule. By creating a sequence that builds motivation and collaboration it just starts to come together. You don’t have to know it all, but with hard work, studying the plans, and asking questions, you can find all of the information you need. Don’t be afraid to ask contactors questions as well. I find when I ask the contractor’s questions about things I’m not sure about, they didn’t think any less of me or give me a hard time. They were more receptive to me, they knew I cared about what they were doing and they know I want them to be successful, in turn I we are able to share a mutual respect for each other. One of the biggest resource is talking to coworkers I have worked with in the past. I have been lucky in my career to work for a very knowledgeable, motivated and detail oriented Superintendent who has taught me that preplanning, looking ahead and always seek feedback from others. Encouraging new ideas to be more productive, embrace change and new ideas. So if you think you are alone you are not. Seek those that are determined to succeed, those who have vision and have a positive attitude, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. People like helping people; it makes and builds good relationships, which are as important in your career as they are in your personal life.
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