Using their tools and equipment, they are masters at building projects. This mastery is developed through years of practice.
When a contractor is just starting out and the projects are small, the focus on tasks and tools consumes nearly every minute of the leader’s day. All other elements of the pyramid are present and necessary, but a lot less intentionally proactive time is spent on them.
As the contracting business and size of projects grows, it becomes more important to focus on standardizing processes and operating rhythms to keep everyone in sync. As this starts to consume more leadership time, it is critical to have good people in place that are relentlessly focused on task execution.
As the contracting business and size of projects continues to scale, the leadership at the highest levels must focus nearly all their time on the foundation of the pyramid: the people, path, and principles.
“As to methods, there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”
Ray Dalio's best-selling book, "Principles," is now an animated ultra mini-series adventure:
If people and leaders with the right capabilities aren’t in place at each level of the pyramid, then growth slows with stress on the team and risks increasing.
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