From CEOs, to CIOs, to VPs, to project managers, people are the crux to ensuring success on a construction project—and companies recognize this and many are now shifting the focus of a business.
Earlier this year, Gartner released a survey that shows most organizations are more focused on business optimization rather than cost cutting. This survey found that the biggest gaps between successful leaders and underperformers falls into three key areas: limiting overspending, negotiating and moving to low-cost suppliers, and rationalizing application portfolios.
I agree that the focus should be on improving people—and thus the business—rather than cutting costs. And I think the way that construction workers lead is critical to project success.
Martin Lanik, author of The Leader Habit and CEO of Pinsight, said it best in his recent interview on The Peggy Smedley Show. If you haven’t heard this interview yet, you will definitely want to check it out.
On the show, he challenges listeners: What if leadership was a habit and how can you develop positive habits as a leader? He goes on to explain that microbehaviors turn into habits, and leadership can become as natural as making y our bed in the morning.
I think this is so essential in the construction industry today. Imagine the impact on the project—everything from technology implementation, to inspiring younger workers—if leadership was truly a habit.
We thought this was such an interesting topic and discussion that we decided to add a workshop to this year’s Constructech Technology Day agenda, which will take place on August 23 in Arlington Heights, Ill. The 60-minute hands-on workshop will provide activities to attendees to help them identify leadership exercises that they will be able to practice.
With a skilled labor shortage, it is time to focus on how to improve efficiencies on projects—and perhaps it should start by focusing on how to optimize the business and turn leadership into a habit.
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