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Construction Management Skills That Attract Quality

Construction Management Skills That Attract Quality

Dusty jeans, a dingy t-shirt and a cigarette is an old-school caricature of a construction manager. Still, the stereotype carries over. This irks construction leaders, since they know it’s critical how their team represents their business on job sites. That’s also why Damien Edwards, founder of Buildertactics.com and the Host of The Construction Management Podcast, is here to remind us all that appearances matter.

Today’s episode of the Mobile Workforce Podcast is all about how your team represents you and the skills construction managers need to be successful in the eyes of your clients. Damien gives contractors ideas on how to change up the appearance of their job site to encourage success while guiding newbies on the steps it takes to stand out when management positions are available. 

Key Takeaways:

  1. The old-school look doesn’t work. Clients will judge the quality of the work by how your team presents themselves and the job site. Sloppy appearances imply sloppy work. Encourage your team to aim for a more tucked in look and avoid the dreaded plumbers crack.
  2. You are always representing two brands. Every time you show up at the job site, you are representing the company you work for and your own personal brand of work. The good news is that when you represent one to the best of your ability, you automatically are promoting the other to the fullest. 
  3. He who has the best data… wins. Everyone is collecting data, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and clients. If you aren’t tracking your interactions with everyone on the job site, you will lose any disagreements or, if it came down to it, in court.

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From Office to Field Communication Breakdown 

From Office to Field Communication Breakdown 

As the founder and president of multiple businesses and the host of the Contractor CoachCast Podcast, Tony Booth has spent 12+ years coaching contractors on technology, risk management and business development. Tony has overseen and advised on hundreds of projects, ensuring that they are completed on time and with limited exposure to risk. 

In today’s episode of the Mobile Workforce Podcast, Tony shares why communication between the office and the job site is so essential to the success of any construction project. 

Key Takeaways:

  1. Meaningful communication across an organization requires structure. Successful interactions across departments requires a platform that gives users the ability to share information quickly across channels and teams. Leaving critical information in the hands of one or two people is dangerous, whereas a platform puts comments, concerns and questions in front of the right people so nothing falls through the cracks. 
  2. Strive to be highly efficient and productive. When it comes to productivity, the mindset that a company’s leadership team holds is as important as the processes and technology it implements. If the top brass doesn’t prioritize taking steps toward efficiency on the job site, it won’t matter what technology is available. The breakdown is in the mind, not the tools.
  3. Every member of the team needs to have their goals set. Being clear-minded and regimented in your process throughout the day sets boundaries and sets the rules of engagement for everyone. Once these rules are established, field communication across the team is effective and meaningful.

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Be the Construction Job Site Hero

Be the Construction Job Site Hero

Ron Babich’s construction experience is far-reaching. With 30+ years of experience, he’s seen about every facet of the business, including founding, funding, growing and managing companies to high growth sales and profitability. He’s also overseen the successful implementation of numerous different technologies and is an advocate for data-driven decision making. 

In this episode of the Mobile Workforce Podcast, Ron shares how to best navigate the complex world of data management and how to predict the flow of projects accurately. He gives clear steps to make any contractor the predictability hero of their team.   

Key Takeaways:

  1. You can’t understand or fix what you don’t measure. If you don’t have the right tools in place to measure what is happening on the job site, you will never be able to effectively adjust your processes to get the most out of your teams.
  2. Measure the right things. The right tools allow you to measure actions being taken on the job site effortlessly, but all is wasted if the right data isn’t being measured. For example, two categories of data that anyone can start with are completed quantities by cost code and man-hours. By pulling these two data sets, a project’s earned value can be calculated, giving leadership unprecedented information that can be compared against budgets, forecasts and other reports to determine a wealth of information that can help increase productivity. 
  3. New initiatives require a point of ownership for success. The launch of any new technology, software or equipment requires a person or department to see it through to completion. Without giving clear leadership, everyone is responsible for the success of the new technology. And if everybody owns it, then nobody owns it. 

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Construction Data: Understanding the Value 

Construction Data: Understanding the Value 

As director at Sage Construction, Dennis Stejskal has over 40 years of experience in the construction field. Dennis has seen all sides of the construction product spectrum and has headed up product management for Sage’s three product lines: Sage 100 Contractor (Master Builder), Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (Timberline Office) and Sage Estimating. His experience has led him to his current role as the Director of Customer Experience.

In this episode of the Mobile Workforce Podcast, Dennis shares the value of construction data and how contractors need to start using the data they have and seek out data that will build their successes.  Listen in to find out how to increase the use of data that has already been collected on the job site and how to give it value. 

 

Key Takeaways:

  1. Leverage underutilized data from the field. Not taking the time to understand the full potential of data you’ve collected from the field will hinder contractors in the long run. Never underestimate the power analyzing data has to help make better strategic decisions and improve your bottom line.  
  2. Study the connections between specific data sets. Unused data does no good. By analyzing data sets, construction leaders can identify patterns and pinpoint areas where productivity needs a boost. 
  3. Overcoming the fear of technology will unleash limitless opportunities for your business. Blame it on fear of the unknown, but many contractors and employees are hesitant to use technology they’re unfamiliar with. Fortunately, the more exposure they get to new solutions, the more comfortable they will be using it. And that opens up endless possibilities to improve your business, spanning data collection, labor tracking, safety training and more. 

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Purpose Process and Profit, The Keys to Construction Business Success

Purpose, Process and Profit, The Keys to Construction Business Success

The co-founder of gFour Marketing and the Wealthy Contractor, Brian Kaskavalciyan has started and built seven companies. Brian has been where you are and is dedicated to helping other contractors be more successful.

In this episode of the Mobile Workforce Podcast, Brian shares some of the secrets from his latest book, The 7 Secrets to Becoming a Wealthy Contractor.  Tune in to hear what it takes to achieve your personal and professional goals, and live the life you want to live.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Long-term success comes after a contractor removes themselves from the daily grind. If a contractor spends his time jumping from fire to fire, they will always be working on fires. But if they focus on growth and multiplying their time, their business will grow and their availability will expand.

  2. Leaders fail their employees by picking up their slack. As the owner, your job isn’t to be doing all of the work on the ground. It is to be growing and managing your people to do the best work they can. Provide them with training, set a high bar and get out of their way.

  3. Find balance between being an entrepreneur and contractor. Oftentimes, the busiest contractors don’t spend time working on physical projects. Instead, they’re managing the company’s sales and marketing. Expand how you approach your role, and know that to grow your business, you have to think more like a business owner than a contractor.

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