What's Jake been up to lately?
I eventually went back to work for a large company as a Forman. I learned that being able to identify others strengths are crucial to improving yourself. I was able to put my pride aside and learn from others “beneath my status”. Just because others haven’t had the same opportunities doesn’t mean that they don’t have something to offer. It helps the crew most when they are used to their fullest potential. As a leader I’ve had the most success come from communicating expectations, assigning specific tasks and following through with positive feedback. When there are issues in a crew, as a leader it’s time to reflect and reevaluate yourself. Preplan for your crew and everyone will succeed!
As a General Forman now, my responsibilities have increased and include: managing multiple crews and projects simultaneously. Improving the skills of myself, and the crews to help eliminate "rework". Through the knowledge of some great mentors, I've learned how to train, produce quality work under budget, and looked ahead to eliminate mistakes.
What does Jakes crew say?
Jake is someone who leads by example. He doesn’t expect others to do things that he can’t or wouldn’t do himself
Jake cares, he really takes the time to know and understand the members of his crew. By doing this simple act his crew’sattitude and respect noticeably changed, individually, and as a group. Not only does Jake know his crew personally, but professionally he has a strong understanding of each crewman’sstrengths and weakness, this is vital for building a strong crew;he uses both traits to make a great team. Jake also regularlyteaches using hands-on methods, by doing so he is able to demonstrate new and better techniques, keeping his crew and the company abreast on the latest trends.
Jake is able to keep things simple and straight forward, whether he explaining an idea or reprimanding. He can easily persuade and lead people to his way of thinking. Does this mean everyone agrees with him all the time? Of course not, but they trust and respect his judgement. He doesn’t use his position to glorify himself, but instead recognizes and acknowledges his crew’s hard work and strives to build them up in the eyes of others. He’s goal oriented and driven, Jake is constantly comparing himself and his crew to the best out there in an effort to become the best. Jake has been a key player in regularly producing a good product and has even broken some world records along the way. These are not only skills that he practices at work, but in all aspects of his life .
- Mitch Barnhurst
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” – Albert Schueitzar