The construction, remodel, and landscaping industry is chalk full of projects!
That’s what made me fall in love with it! I enjoy the changing environment and the new problems that come with every project and that is just the nature of the industry.
It’s interesting because every job or amount of work that you do has a start and end date. Which, defined by the Project Management Institute, that’s a project.
I wonder though, when we begin a new project do we think more about the skills needed to complete the project or do we thing more in lines of project activities, resources (people & equiptment), risk and issues?
It almost seems that you become a project manager by default just by being a part of the industry!
As a project manager, your responsibilities include managing the project, scope, schedule, budget, quality, and value.
Now there are many things that can hinder a project from creating full value for the customer; anything from a breakdown in communication to a supplier not having the correct materials. However, there is one overarching skill, which if not done properly, could mangle a project to no return. It’s called LEADERSHIP!
Leadership has a direct correlation to project success!
Researchers discovered that a project manager’s leadership capability had a direct correlation to project outcomes (Hauschildt et al., 2000). Project managers managing projects that are out of their leadership capabilities increases the risk on the project. The higher the risk, the higher the probability the project will fail. That is why large companies spend millions of dollars every year on leadership training! The success of businesses, projects, and project teams relies on the present leadership skills.
The sad thing is, some people think “I’ve been managing construction projects for the last 20 years without …”
Stop! For 2 reasons:
1. Just because you have been managing construction teams for 2.5 years or 25 years doesn’t mean you have been doing it correctly.
2. As construction industry professionals, it is critical to have the mindset of continuous self-improvement, no matter the duration of experience. The minute we refuse to stop improving ourselves and those coming behind us, we become obsolete within our industry and others who are improving will surpass us.
Now, if you are the stubborn type and need a little more influencing, watch the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It’s an inspiring story about a 10-seat restaurant in Tokyo, Japan that charges $300 per plate! Why would anyone pay that much for sushi or any meal for that matter you may ask? As you watch the documentary, think about what your own career and/or business and how it relates. It is currently available on Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu. I have also attached a link for the 2 minute trailer Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Trailer.
It’s time to revolutionize the construction and home remodel industry!
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- Posted by John Cope
- On March 16, 2017
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