Construction Career Growth in 5 Diagrams

This short collection of insights covers the eight stages of individual and team growth through compensation, the four stages of learning new skills, prioritizing, and the balance required between training and coaching for effective results.

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Leadership Tools: 8 Stages of Personal and Team Growth starting with developing individual productivity then progressing through four stages of leveraging yourself through others and developing team productivity. It all starts with exploration to expand our context.

Exploration expands our context. Learning and deliberate practice builds our individual productivity. Developing others makes the organization scalable and sustainable. Read more…


Leadership Tools: Always take on additional responsibility aggressively and focus on business results, your compensation will follow. Graph representing effects of compensation, management time, training, and business results.

If you want to grow your career, always seek additional responsibility while pushing your limits in every way to produce business results. The compensation will always follow. Read more…


Leadership Tools: Four Stages for Learning Any New Skill. Unconscious Competence, Conscious Competence, Conscious Incompetence, and Unconscious Incompetence. Safety Risk for Construction Contractors Lives Heavily at the Unconscious Incompetence Stage.

It is impossible for any of us to know what we don’t know. Curiosity, exploration, training, coaching, and mentoring are critical for growth. Read more…


Leadership Tools: Balancing Modes of Prioritization and Career Progression. From prioritizing how to get it all done to prioritizing what should be done and the big challenge of having to work in-between those two modes for most business unit and functional leaders in the construction industry.

If your workload prioritization seems impossible, try looking at it from a higher-level including escalation to your manager or reaching out to one of your mentors. Read more…


Leadership Tools: Balance Training and Coaching Effectively to Grow Your Construction Business.

Every contracting business is made up of many jobs that need to be done, ranging from relatively simple and short-term tasks to complex, ambiguous, and long-term objectives. Never try to improve an outcome that requires deliberate coaching through more structured training. Read more…


Bonus Diagram #6 and Self-Evaluation Worksheet

Nearly everyone struggles to some degree when transitioning from one job role to another during their careers. In many cases, this can have a negative impact on both company performance and job satisfaction leading to higher turnover, stagnant growth, and even declines.

Get the self-evaluation worksheet for the Top 11 Challenges During a Role Transition including scoring of both severity and urgency to solve along with tips for solving. Read more…

5C Troubleshooting of Performance
Ask great questions around the five interrelated categories that cause most failures in outcomes or process, including choice, capabilities, capacity, controls, and the conditions in which all those occurred.
Definition - Capacity
How Much of something (capability) a person, team, or company handle. Consider this in ranges of comfortable (sustainable) and peak (sprints).
Lean Principle - People First (Then Process and Tools)
To optimize productivity, a contractor must focus on their people first, then processes and tools including technology as an integrated management system with a hierarchy. This is not a linear process: S.M.A.R.T. Experiments + Continuous Improvement.