Superman Vs. Batman

Contractors must develop management talent.

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Management talent must be developed at an unprecedented rate and those that master this process will dominate the next 15 years.

Leadership Tools: Personal Development. How do you think? How do you act?

Tim Harris works with many of our clients helping them position their companies to better recruit and retain talent.  Tim pointed out that talent development really comes down to Superman vs. Batman.  


Superman was born with great powers and found a way to put them to use.  

Batman was an ordinary person with an extraordinary problem to solve.  He sought out the best training around the world and practiced relentlessly until he became the person that could solve the problem.   


A major thought change that needs to occur is whether talent is born or built.  It is more comfortable and far simpler to just accept that someone is either born with it or not.  The truth is that no one was born an electrician, plumber, architect, project manager or CEO. We were all built through our environment and we can all continue to be built through disciplined practice.  

How do you think about talent development?  How do you think about your own development?  


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Everything is Too Complex - Until You Practice Enough
There is no question that construction is becoming more complex. We don’t do ourselves or others any favors by not coming to terms with that complexity. We must get comfortable learning the complexities before we can work on simplification.
Understand Buying Motivations
Getting involved early in the project as it is being developed is one of the best things a contractor can do for profitable growth. That value starts with understanding the entire budget for developing a project.
Setting Standards and the Feedback Loop
Set the standard. Train to the standard. Certify to the standard. Plan the work to the standard. Execute to the plan and the standard. Check against the standard. Make prioritized improvements to the standard, training, planning, and execution.