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41 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Start it Up! How to Launch a Construction Company
Have you ever thought of starting your own construction company, or of launching a new division of your current company? Either way, it’s a giant leap full of opportunity, and risk. In this week’s podcast episode, I talk with Peter Worhunsky, the President & CEO of Live Oak. We explore the move to start his own company. Peter shares how he maintains healthy relationships with his business partners. How he navigated the decision to start a business with his family. How he made the transition from employee to owner. The importance of a thorough business plan, and how that plan has changed since the launch of the company. How to seize opportunities, balancing ego and humility. We also cover how to manage the physical and emotional stresses of launching a business. Those who are thinking about starting a business or launching a new division of a company will find this episode insightful. Take the time to listen to this episode! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 3:04 Why Peter started his own company 3:51 The process Peter went through to get to starting his own company 6:40 Approaching people to become business partners 7:34 Things Peter looked for in business partners 9:36 Retaining talent as a CEO 11:21 Discussing beginning the business with your family 12:48 Crossing from being an employee to a business owner 13:35 Immediate obstacles upon launching the business 14:18 What Peter learned in the financial aspect of the business 15:50 Benefits of a business plan 17:01 Significant changes from the initial start of the company to where it is now 18:15 Being hyper opportunistic while eyeing the long-term goals22:03 Risk management 24:38 Obstacles that Peter didn’t anticipate 26:23 What Peter would do differently if he were to go back 27:55 Understanding the difference between a plan and reality 29:35 What COVID taught Peter and how he’ll apply it to a non-COVID environment30:40 Balancing ego and humility 32:41 Peter’s focus on growing his business33:57 Maintaining healthy relationships with business partners34:32 Managing one’s self and the stresses that come with business35:24 What to do to keep the long game in mind 36:30 Respect for people in the construction space About the Guest: Peter Worhunsky is a construction industry veteran with over twenty years of field and office experience. He grew up around construction, watching his grandfather and father run a construction company. In 2019, with his partners, he launched Live Oak and serves as the company’s President and CEO. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Books mentioned in this episode: Born of This Land (Autobiography of Chung Ju-jung, Founder of Hyundai): https://www.amazon.com/Born-this-land-life-story/dp/B07YNZF25Z/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=born+of+this+land&qid=1621619465&s=books&sr=1-1 Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
35 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
How to Speak in Public with Vision and Power
How comfortable are you when speaking in public? Whether you love it or hate it, as a leader, you have to do it. Your words have a tremendous impact, and if you can improve your public speaking, it will increase your leadership effectiveness. Helping you improve public speaking skills is the goal of this week’s Construction Genius episode. My guest, Robbie Crabtree, is an expert in the field. We discuss why so many people struggle with public speaking and how it’s possible to become confident in this area. We also talk about strategies that will help you connect with your audience and the impact that words have on people. Robbie also gives practical advice on how to make sure you’re not boring your audience. Interested in upping your public speaking game? This episode is for you. Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 2:11 Why do people struggle with public speaking?4:00 Imposter syndrome5:36 How to move one’s self to be someone who wants the ball 6:27 Fear setting 8:12 Strategies to connect with an audience10:16 Handling the disconnect in communicating to your audience 13:57 Pitfalls to avoid when practicing public speaking 16:09 The power and impact of a leader’s words 17:58 Framework for crafting a speech 21:53 Preparing a speech for an executive environment 25:16 Number of examples/stories in a speech 25:54 Avoid boring people when speaking 27:36 Advice to those who want to improve and polish their speaking skills 29:05 How to remove filler words About the Guest: Robbie began his career as a trial lawyer, where he went to jury trial 102 times in cases including murders and child abuse. During his 5th year, he began teaching persuasive speaking and coaching the national mock trial team at SMU Law. Over the years, he started getting messages from politicians, entrepreneurs, and salespeople on how they could learn how to be great speakers and storytellers. Robbie developed the Performative Speaking philosophy and started a coaching and consulting company around his experience. He also created an educational technology company around this idea that was acquired by On Deck in December. Robbie works with people every day, from tech companies in Silicon Valley to lawyers in Texas to salespeople in the midwest or east coast, to turn speaking into a superpower. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) 1-page notion document from Robbie (https://www.notion.so/Hi-I-m-Robbie-9dc3517ab28741c0b333f86d4aa3b812) Visit Robbie’s website (https://www.robbiecrabtree.com) Subscribe to Robbie Crabtree’s newsletter (https://robbiecrab.substack.com/) Reach out to Robbie through his social media accounts Twitter: @robbiecrab Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therobbiecrab/ Linkedin: @therobbiecrab Recommended Restaurants Ninfa’s https://ninfas.com/ Hugo’s https://www.hugosrestaurant.net/ Xochi https://www.xochihouston.com/ Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
55 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Exit Strategy Experts: How to Structure and Execute a Transition to the Next Generation
Transitioning a company you have founded on blood, sweat, tears, and cash to the next generation is not easy. It requires a combination of clear planning, and bloody minded persistence to structure your company correctly, and identify and develop the next group of leadership. Many construction companies start too late, and don’t give enough thought to the process. Success depends on crafting a strategy now, and having the right people to guide and help you along the way. In this week’s podcast episode, I talk to exit strategy experts Craig Boyce and Noli Snobar of BFBA. They give us a detailed explanation of proven exit strategies. Craig and Noli also talk about how to improve your company structure and the importance of providing mentorship to the younger generation in your company. You’ll go away from the interview with specific action items to jumpstart your succession planning process. Don’t miss out on today’s episode! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 4:46 Why construction company owners struggle with succession planning5:57 The definition of a good mentor 8:18 How construction company owners overcome their fears 10:04 Starting point of succession planning 12:34 Timeline for planning a transition 14:05 Better companies transition better 14:39 The importance of mentorship for the younger generation16:05 Mechanisms that work for construction companies17:07 Explaining the models available to owners and their partners 21:31 The LLC model 25:25 Personal indemnification as an obstacle to the transition 26:30 Definition of a strong balance sheet 27:55 Main reason the LLC model won’t work 31:35 Why parties involved should think the same 33:37 The right number of owners in a company 34:41 Who’s going to make the final decision from an ownership perspective?36:59 Two triggering events 38:34 Greediness during succession and its effects 41:40 Finding time to do all tasks involved in a succession planning process43:49 The need to keep trying and the consequences of quitting45:55 Availability of private equity money in the construction industry47:23 Action items to get the succession planning process started About the Guest: Craig Boyce is an Auditing and Accounting Partner who has been with BFBA since its inception. He has developed a niche in succession planning. He has assisted dozens of construction companies develop a successful business continuation strategy through ownership transition or business acquisitions and mergers. He has also served as an expert witness in construction litigation and disputes. He has assisted companies in the refining and updating of buy-sell agreements and operating agreements, which have helped his clients avoid major pitfalls associated with incomplete or poorly written documents. Craig has made various presentations to local, regional, and state-wide construction organizations on multiple topics such as business continuity, the Research and Development Tax Credit, changes in accounting pronouncements, and other topics related to the construction industry. Craig has also taught construction classes through U.C. Davis extension programs and the Construction Financial Management Association. Noli Snobar serves as one of the BFBA’s technical reviewers, performing the final review of financial statements prior to issuance. He is also actively involved in developing training and continuing education courses for the Firm’s audit staff. He has developed various financial models to assist in guiding growth and financial stability, including income statement projections, cash flow forecasts, work-in-process templates and analytics for his client base. Noli has a strong focus in the construction industry and has taught courses on construction accounting and GAAP Updates to various groups such as Construction Financial Management Association, Insurance Brokers & Agents of the West, the California Society of CPAs Sacramento Chapter, and various bonding and surety companies. He has also published construction focused articles with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of California. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) FREE Download off LLC Model: BFBA LLC Model (https://www.constructiongenius.com/bfba-llc-model) Get in touch with Noli Snobar (https://bfba.com/team/noli-snobar/) Get in touch with Craig Boyce (https://bfba.com/team/craig-boyce/) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
47 minutes | May 25, 2021
How to Avoid the Hype and Use Technology to Solve Project Specific Issues
It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the latest technology available in the Construction Industry. This can lead to overwhelm, inefficiency, and wasted money if the solutions you choose don’t solve project specific issues. In this week’s podcast episode, I speak to Karl Sorensen. We talk about how his experiences have shaped how he looks at the implementation and use of technology in construction companies. We also discuss why most construction companies struggle with identifying the right tech to use. Karl then pinpoints why leaders and those underneath them should come together to talk about what tech works and what doesn’t. In the later part of our discussion, he gives action steps to avoid the hype, and integrate technology effectively to solve specific problems. Take the time to listen to this podcast episode! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 3:05 Karl’s history and how it has influenced him 6:42 The disconnect between millennials and the older generation around technology 8:27 Why there is a struggle identifying the right technology 10:35 Best way to start leveraging technology at the moment13:40 The importance of a good process in building a technology solution 15:14 Advice for leaders when looking at technology and bridging the gap 16:26 Frequency of meetings 17:35 Culture of experimentation 19:37 Specific areas to implement technology 21:56 Using data collated and processing it to be beneficial to the company 23:32 Effective model to roll out technology 26:32 Understanding the minimal viable products perspective 30:00 What technology is hyped nowadays but not useful at the moment 31:17 Undervalued technology that is useful and will create a positive impact34:16 Upcoming technology that is going to make a huge impact 35:55 Where the construction industry is headed in terms of consolidation and integration 38:04 Reasons technology implementation fails 39:46 Action steps to integrate technology 42:18 How technology should be driven effectively About the Guest: Karl Sorensen is HIIT’s director of projection solutions. His focus is on implementing construction best practices and deploying the right tools and technology on each job to enhance HITT’s ability to deliver exceptional project solutions to our clients. Karl has more than a decade of experience in the construction industry, bringing project management, operations, and construction technology experience to his role at HITT. In addition to leading the project solutions team, he also oversees HITT’s sustainable construction and virtual construction teams to optimize sustainability and efficiency across HITT’s job sites. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Reach out to Karl through Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlsorensen/) Check out HIIT’s website (https://hitt.com/) Museum recommendation: For those planning to visit DC, Karl suggests that you check out the Museum of American History’s website (https://americanhistory.si.edu/) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
17 minutes | May 18, 2021
Ebb & Flow How Getting in Rhythm Makes You More Productive
A consistent workflow is important in helping you perform at your best, but a lot of construction executives struggle with this. Getting a good rhythm will allow you to become more productive in your company, but how can you achieve that? In this week’s podcast episode, I talk about the three things that you can do to get a good workflow rhythm. I will discuss how you can determine the value of your hours and how to create a theme for each day or week. I will also share the importance of meetings and the best way to make use of your work days. Tune in to this episode today! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction1:42 Value your hours3:42 Have a theme for your week5:11 Importance of succession plans for construction companies6:22 Have one free day in your work week7:41 How to fill your day with meetings10:00 Create space in your day12:25 Summary of what to do to get in rhythm Resources: If you’d like to talk to Eric about if/how he can help you with executive coaching, click this link: https://10minutes.youcanbook.me Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
36 minutes | May 11, 2021
Beauty Queen! How to Make Your Construction Company Attractive to Insurance Carriers
Every company wants lower insurance premium costs. But with a hardening insurance market, how can construction companies lower their spending on insurance? What are actionable steps contractors can make to become more attractive to brokers? In this podcast episode, I talk to Mary Grandy, Senior Vice President at Epic Insurance Brokers and Consultants. She gives us a brief look at the insurance market today and how it is affecting construction companies. We ask her for some tips on how contractors can become more appealing to insurance agents. She also shares her expert opinion on what makes good partners and improving trust between agents and contractors. There’s a lot to discover and learn from this episode. Check it out today! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction2:20 Hardening market in insurance3:20 What is social inflation?4:25 How is the construction industry affected?7:21 Advice on addressing the challenges of insurance premiums8:46 Defining total cost of risk9:25 Contractor programs to address the total cost of risk11:17 Who and when to delegate risk management13:42 Responsibility of contractor to build relationships with insurance companies15:18 Difference between a good and bad partner17:24 Most effective way to build trust20:54 Look for an insurance broker that understands your language22:50 How construction companies can become more attractive to insurance carriers?24:27 How long will it take for contractors to improve?29:50 Three action items to facing insurance challenges About the Guest: Mary Grandy is Senior Vice President at Epic Insurance Brokers and Consultants. With over two decades of experience in the insurance industry, she brings a unique approach in representing the construction industry with her expertise in litigated construction claims. She focuses on the design and implementation of insurance and risk solutions for all aspects of her commercial, property and casualty and workers’ compensation insurance clients. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Connect with Mary Grandy Contact: email@example.com Phone 530-559-3435 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marygrandy/ Recommended Restaurant Hawks Restaurant: https://hawksrestaurant.com/ Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
58 minutes | May 4, 2021
How to Eliminate Contractor, Owner Conflict Using Trust and Transparency
To ensure a better outcome in your projects, building trust between the owner, contractor, and designer is crucial. Aligning your goals and continuous communication are vital. But when problems in the project arise, what can contractors do to resolve them without compromising the trust of their clients? In this week’s podcast episode, I talk with Pete Caputo of Truebeck Construction. He gives us the differing points of view of both the owner and contractor. We talk about what trust and transparency looks like and how this plays out in a construction project. Pete also shares some frameworks for contractor-owner meetings that have been successful in the past. We also touch base on encouraging your team to be more involved in problem-solving and the role of young minds in the industry. Tune in to this episode today! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction3:10 What’s most broken about the way construction projects are built4:35 The owner is responsible for the alignment of parties5:33 Focus on the experience of the work7:00 What the owners want is value9:09 Building trust between contractors and architects10:48 Meaning of trust12:48 How to get the perfect three: cost, quality, schedule13:56 Benefits of setting daily alignment meetings17:09 Who is part of the meeting18:40 Dispute alignment meeting20:33 Clear group meeting24:40 Prevent wasted time in resolving issues26:23 Why owners and contractors struggle with building strong relationships29:03 What is transparency?34:54 Accountability37:04 Psychological safety42:27 Top soft skills for construction leaders44:55 Involving naive thinkers in solving problems49:51 Summary of how to get a better outcome in projects About the Guest: Pete Caputo is Vice President of Operations at Truebeck Construction. He is a full-service commercial general contractor focused on technical building, complex projects, and interiors in the Western US. With over 25 years of experience in construction, Pete has served on both the builder and owner sides in the healthcare and commercial office markets. Pete led a statewide development group of projects, including over $4 billion in total project portfolio. His clients include national healthcare providers such as Kaiser, Sutter Health, and UCSF. Some of the notable healthcare facilities include Sutter Health’s Van Ness and Geary Campus and the CPMC Mission Bernal Campus, and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Connect with Pete Caputo on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/pete-caputo-1612bb7/) Recommended restaurant: The Kitchen (https://thekitchenrestaurant.com/) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
52 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
How to Skillfully Navigate Into An Executive Leadership Role
Executive leadership roles are challenging but rewarding. It’s a shift from being a player to being the coach. It’s about providing those who report to you with the help they need to do their jobs better. This responsibility is not for everyone, but if it’s your ambition, how can you skillfully navigate into an executive leadership role? This week’s podcast episode with Mike Gifford revolves around this topic. Mike shares his personal career journey. He started out as a project manager at PSF Mechanical, and is now the President. PSF is a family owned business, and Mike is not a family member, and he grew in his skills and responsibilities and is now the President. He shares the career path he took and how he is contributing as President. We also talk about scaling the service division of PSF Mechanical and many other important leadership and business insights. Tune in to this week’s episode! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 3:05 Growing the service aspect of PSF 4:32 The primo client is the end-user 5:40 Building a relationship with the end-user without alienating the GC 7:48 Mindset difference: Building the business’s service arm vs. executing new projects 11:39 Bringing in the service team to establish an ongoing relationship14:37 Growing the service division16:58 Main difference between the construction side and service side of the business 18:14 Promoting from within 20:25 Removing divisional lines and keeping people focused 22:43 Mike’s career path through the business26:43 The logic in involving a diversity of roles when creating a decision 31:42 How Mike’s experience in his early days in PSF impact his career trajectory 37:02 The biggest challenge Mike faced being President 37:29 Challenge from being a player to being a coach 39:55 What keeps Mike from rushing back to being a player again 41:47 Rhythm of accountability43:53 Giving people opportunities and how Mike’s experience impacted that 45:50 Advice for those wanting to grow their careers in a family-owned construction business About the Guest: With more than two decades of manufacturing and HVAC experience and a record of accomplishment as a business owner, Mike Gifford brings to his position hands-on knowledge and a visionary, entrepreneurial mindset. When he joined PSF over fifteen years ago, he saw great potential in special projects and played a pivotal role in evolving the SPTI business unit into an integral aspect of the company’s success. As the company continues to grow, so has Mike's leadership within it. Mike’s focus is on ensuring that PSF maintains its unique culture while building on its customer service foundation to sustain a large client base in a multitude of markets. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Visit PSF mechanical’s website (https://psfmechanical.com/) Connect with Mike on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-gifford-824b4a10/) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
72 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
How to Create a Win/Win Environment On Every Project You Build
The success of a construction project depends on owners, designers, GCs, and trade partners working together as a team. But with the divergence of ideas and information, how can we achieve a win-win environment for each project-delivery process? In this episode, we have Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, Director, Lean of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., who will walk you through the fundamentals of strategic problem-solving when delivering projects to clients. We will also discuss the different project delivery methods and the mindset people need to adopt to provide desired results. Tune in now and stay with us until the end to discover the fool-proof way to project delivery! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 2:42 “Construction: it sucks, but it’s fun,” is it true?3:55 Strategic problem-solving in the construction industry6:02 Understanding the client’s perspective12:04 The design-bid-build model14:14 Educating clients about different types of project delivery18:47 When do you walk away from a project opportunity?22:22 Key performance indicators in construction25:24 What is a non-commodity trade?29:32 Why do projects fail?31:06 The importance of increasing information flow in the success of a project42:35 What is visual management?44:29 Laying a foundation of respect for people49:46 Healthy self-respect vs. unhealthy ego58:25 Felipe’s opinion on the paradigm shift in the construction industry1:05:46 How to achieve a more collaborative project delivery method About the Guest: International Lean speaker, a serial intrapreneur, Felipe Engineer-Manriquez is a committed Lean practitioner sharing decades of construction industry experience as the host of The EBFC Show Podcast (www.theebfcshow.com). Engineer-Manriquez is an active contributing member of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) and is an approved instructor/facilitator and 2019 LCI Chairman’s Award recipient for contributions to the Institute and the design and construction industry as a whole. Felipe has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, and leads the Lean Construction Program for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Moreover, Engineer-Manriquez is a Jeff Sutherland Certified ScrumMaster® and Scrum Trainer by Scrum Inc.™ in addition to being a Product Owner by Scrum Inc.™ and Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner™. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) The EBFC Show (www.theebfcshow.com) Connect with Felipe Engineer-Manriquez on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram https://www.linkedin.com/in/engineerfelipe/ https://twitter.com/felipe_engineer https://www.instagram.com/thefelipeengineer) Subscribe to Felipe’s Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/FelipeEngineer) Lean Construction Institute (https://www.leanconstruction.org/) Lean IPD (https://leanipd.com/) Lean Construction Blog (https://leanconstructionblog.com/) Recommended Restaurant: Jamba Juice (https://www.jamba.com/) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
28 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
How to Turn Your Company Into a Marketing Machine
Many construction companies fail in their marketing efforts because of a wrong understanding of what marketing is all about. Marketing is not about slick websites, sweet logos, and cool videos. Marketing is about attracting and keeping customers, and it is the job of everyone in your organization. In this week’s podcast episode, I talk with my guest, Wayne Mullins, founder and CEO of Ugly Mug Marketing. Wayne gives a clear and simple definition of what marketing is. We also talk about the right kind of marketing message and how to properly allocate a budget for your organization’s marketing efforts. Wayne also emphasizes on who is mainly responsible for marketing in the organization and the difference between good and bad marketing. Tune in to this episode today! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 1:56 What is marketing?2:28 Attracting a customer 3:11 Biggest challenges in messaging 5:00 How do you know your target audience?6:13 Marketing advice for clients who are in multiple markets8:07 What to emphasize in the marketing message9:42 How marketing relates to keeping customers 10:52 Budget allocation to attracting and keeping customers12:29 Key messages for keeping customers 14:02 Segmenting efforts for attracting and keeping customers15:43 Who is responsible for marketing in the organization16:38 Bad marketing vs. Good marketing 18:08 Tools for tracking ROI on the dollars spent on marketing19:04 Checking in on how effective marketing is 20:02 Action steps to effectively market 23:03 Where to find Wayne 24:17 Wayne’s recommended restaurant 24:55 Book recommendation on marketing About the Guest: Wayne Mullins, Founder & CEO of Ugly Mug Marketing has scaled multiple companies & helped hundreds of entrepreneurs do the same with their companies for the past 20 years. He's worked with and inspired clients from 100 industries and has directly influenced 100K entrepreneurs. Through his books and training programs, Wayne influences 250K entrepreneurs annually. Ugly Mug Marketing has won the praises of some of the leading influencers in the business world, such as, Chris Voss (New York Times Best Selling Author of Never Split the Difference), Neil Patel (Founder of QuickSprout & Kissmetrics), and Ari Weinzweig (Co-Founder of Zingerman’s). Much of Wayne's success comes from thinking differently and outside the box. He's learned a lot along the way and is honored to have the opportunity to share those experiences with others in hopes that it will help and encourage them in their journey. Resources: Construction Niche Analysis (http://www.constructiongenius.com/niche) Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Books mentioned in this episode: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (https://amzn.to/2NIJR4q) Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen (https://amzn.to/3dqM7Zb) Recommended Restaurant: Pamela’s Bayou in a Bowl (https://pamelasbayouinabowl.business.site/) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
50 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Bottoms Up! How to Lay the Foundation of a Thriving Construction Company
Control is one thing that most construction business owners wish for. When you’re growing, things can sometimes get out of hand, and running your business becomes more taxing and stressful than ever. To make sure you’re on the right path when it comes to scaling your business, it’s important to lay the right foundations, doing the work necessary from the ground up. In this podcast episode, I talk to Al Levi of the 7-Power Contractor. Al provides valuable insight into what it takes to run and scale a construction company successfully. He shares what an org chart should look like, and what key functions should populate the top of that chart. We also discuss financial metrics that owners need to track and why owners should also be spearheading marketing efforts. We touch briefly on succession planning and the power of outsourcing and delegation. There’s a lot to uncover and learn from this episode. Check it out today! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 1:57 The condo builder at Montreal 5:43 The org chart8:35 Visual accountability 9:42 The flow of communication 11:33 Key functions that populate the top of the org chart 14:51 Why the financial and marketing person should be the owner17:17 Financial metrics to track19:50 Frequency of checking estimated vs. actual 21:27 The right time in marketing 25:16 Percentage of sales to allocate for marketing27:31 Three drivers in marketing 29:35 Get past the person who reads your mail 30:51 Persist in your marketing efforts 33:11 Reasons for failures in sorting out your business 35:32 Making sure you don’t lose talent while filling in limited seats of position 37:25 Conversations with people who are getting passed up 39:24 `First steps to start organizing the chaos in your company 41:51 Succession planning47:16 The power of outsourcing and delegation About the Guest: Al Levi is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He created his signature program, The 7- Power Contractor, to systemize his family's 3rd-generation Long Island plumbing, heating, and cooling contracting business and retire at age 48. Today, he shares this proven, life-changing program with contractors worldwide through his book, his online programs, his industry magazine columns, his blog, his podcast, and his speaking events. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Visit Al’s website (https://7powercontractor.com/) Books mentioned in this episode: The 7-Power Contractor: Run Your Contracting Business with Less Stress and More Success (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0997227508/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0997227508&linkCode=as2&tag=ericanderton-20&linkId=e18ca8211401bde3b7060b7aca732645) Restaurants mentioned in this episode: Cafe Monarch (https://www.cafemonarch.com/) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
13 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
The Toughest Decision I Ever Had to Make and 2 Other Leadership Lessons
Leadership is difficult. The work is endless, and you get constantly bombarded with problems left and right. Leadership is a responsibility. You have to carry the burden of making the decisions that impact your company, negatively or positively. In a recent coaching session with the President of a construction company, we discussed three issues that every executive faces: how to make tough decisions, how to solve challenging problems, and how to prioritize. After the call, I shot three short videos discussing the perspectives that I shared with my client to help him address his challenges. This podcast episode includes those three videos. You will like how they give you practical ways to handle some of your toughest issues. One of the segments is particularly personal to me. I share the most difficult decision I ever had to make, two weeks before I was due to get married. It was tough! Listen to this episode today! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 1:40 The Franklin Planner 3:40 The principle of prioritization still works 3:59 How solving business problems is similar to losing weight 5:15 Identify your goals in business 5:37 Identify the levers to help you reach your goals 5:47 Keep track of how you execute your levers 6:10 Commit to incremental progress 6:52 The toughest decision I ever had to make 8:21 What is the toughest business decision you are making? 8:47 The difficult decision you have to make 9:21 ‘36 hours of pain’ 9:51 Be driven by doing the right thing Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
23 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
How Leaders Drive Operational Excellence, Company-Wide
Productivity drives profitability. To achieve both, organizations must excel operationally. Technology and its implementation in company processes are essential for operational excellence. Positive change occurs when leaders are sold out to its importance and value, communicating it to their people both in the field and office. In this week’s podcast episode, I have a conversation with Don Kafka, the CEO of ToolWatch, Corp. He shares the challenges he faced in running his electrical contracting business and how it led to the creation of ToolWatch to solve those challenges. We also discuss the role of technology in dialing in operations for construction businesses and how leaders play a huge role in rolling out those initiatives to their people. Listen to this episode today! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 2:06 Biggest challenge Don faced running his business 2:45 Bottlenecks in the construction industry 3:28 Value of strong internal operations 4:19 Where to begin in strengthening internal operations 5:25 Best construction company practices 6:07 How to convince the leadership of dialing in their operations 7:54 What ToolWatch does for operations management9:50 Recommendations for successfully using software tools 11:28 Roadblocks from the implementation of technology and overcoming them 12:42 How effective leaders roll-out technology initiatives14:13 Frequency of meetings with implementation teams and who comprises them 15:56 Clearing the ground for a fresh start when you’ve failed 18:00 When to dedicate a person to oversee implementation of new technologies18:56 Top three areas of focus to improve productivity and profitability About the Guest: Don Kafka is founder and CEO of ToolWatch Corp. Kafka established the Denver-based company in 1991 to provide tool and equipment systems that track and manage resources throughout an organization. Since then, he has been focused on educating construction companies about the importance of operations management to improve their productivity and profitability. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Visit the ToolWatch website (http://www.toolwatch.com) Follow Don and ToolWatch on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/don-kafka-3571b82/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/toolwatch/ Recommended Restaurants: Volt Restaurant (https://www.voltrestaurant.com/) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
40 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
From PE to EVP: How to Build and Execute a Succession Plan
When should you start building and executing a succession plan? A company that values sustaining high-level leadership knows never to put this on the back burner. It will take years, not just months, of choosing who your qualified candidates are to mentoring them until you are confident enough that they are ready to take on those leadership roles with the passion for propelling the business forward. In this week’s Construction Genius podcast episode, I talk with Ryan Aukerman of the Griffith company. Ryan shares his career journey and what the emerging leader’s program is all about. He discusses the methods they use to choose qualified candidates for leadership roles and the importance of mentorships internally and externally. Ryan also talks about accepting critical feedback, especially when it is something you are not comfortable with, and a lot more. Tune in to this episode! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 2:09 How Ryan got into construction 5:00 The advantage of diverse backgrounds 5:53 Why Ryan picked Griffith 6:44 Struggles Ryan encountered in a formal leadership role7:44 Early mistakes Ryan made and how he changed his approach 9:52 Difference between a good mentee and a bad mentee 10:47 Multiple mentors 12:15 Critical feedback 13:57 Essential qualities of a construction leader 14:47 Patience and its importance15:44 How to distinguish between laziness and slow-paced workers16:37 Identifying the next generation of leaders 19:04 The emerging leader’s program 19:59 Lack of understanding of leadership roles 21:35 Who to choose when you have more than one qualified candidate for a position 22:41 Dealing with situations where someone leaves a role 24:32 Advantages of ESOP in succession planning 26:24 Why do ESOP’s fail?27:23 Filtering through the emerging leader’s program 29:47 Next step for Ryan’s career 30:59 Ryan’s focus 32:08 Mental preparation 33:16 What Ryan would do differently if he could go back 34:22 Ryan shares what he wants his legacy to be 35:08 Action steps to successfully execute a succession plan About the Guest: Ryan Aukerman joined the Griffith Company Team in 2004 as a project engineer. He quickly moved his way up the ranks into Estimator/ Project Manager’s role while completing his Technology and Operations Management degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. In 2010, Ryan was appointed to be the Regional Manager and became responsible for oversight of the Southern Region. While in this role, he provided leadership over notable projects including the $81 Million Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, $81 Million Omnitrans SBX E Street Corridor, $30 Million Port of Long Beach Pier G Terminal Redevelopment, and $105 Million Port of Los Angeles Berth 142 – 143 Terminal Automation Improvement project. In 2015, Ryan was promoted to his current position as Executive Vice President. He has oversight of operations throughout the company, including estimating, project management, and field operations. During his career, Ryan has worked with many public and private owners and has participated in alternative project delivery methods such as Design-Build and CMAR. He takes great pride in representing Griffith Company and works to show owners and industry partners the Griffith Way. He has been serving as a State Director for the AGC of California and a Los Angeles District Board since 2010. With an understanding that there needs to be a solid investment in the future workforce within the industry, Ryan works to support the education foundation and interacts with multiple AGC Student Chapters and his participation in Griffith’s own Internship program. Resources: Curious about where exactly you stand in terms of developing a succession plan? Click this link and take a short Succession Planning Assessment: https://www.constructiongenius.com/successionassessement/ Would you like to chat directly with Eric about if/how he can help you with your succession plan? Book in a quick 10 Minute chat by clicking this link: https://10minutes.youcanbook.me Recommended restaurants: Old Brea Chop House: https://www.oldbreachophouse.com/ Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
37 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Lean IPD: Successful Project Delivery From An Owner's Perspective
Methods of project delivery are ever-changing. The need to see different outcomes, especially from an owner’s perspective in construction projects, has led to the adoption of approaches like Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). It's not a one-size-fits-all method, but it’s definitely worth exploring. In this week’s podcast episode, I welcome my guest, James Pease. James is an Executive Director of Design and Construction at the UCSF Medical Center. He has experience on both sides of a construction project (owner and contractor). We discuss what IPD is and who will benefit from this kind of project delivery approach. We also address skepticism regarding this method, and James gives real-life experiences to prove that it works. We also discuss the role owners play in successful project deliveries and how to address significant roadblocks when using the method. Tune in to this episode today! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 2:26 Biggest opportunities for improvement from the owner’s perspective4:31 Areas of conflicts between owners and general contractors5:58 Effective way or model to overcome challenges 7:43 Playing the game as owners in construction projects 9:34 Key elements of Integrated Project Delivery 11:12 Application of integrated Project Delivery in real-life 12:55 Building and maintaining trust and collaboration 13:56 The role owners play in successful project deliveries through IPD 14:30 Reasons for owners to take on IPD 15:04 Marketing IPD to owners as a general contractor 16:53 Dealing with major roadblocks 21:11 Who shouldn’t be doing IPD?23:00 Advice for GC’s who tried IPD and didn’t work 26:11 Owner cooperation is essential for successful projects 27:01 One request to ask of a GC 27:40 Think like an owner if you’re a GC 29:23 Three action items 30:18 Fundamental aspects of the Lean process About the Guest: James Pease is an owner's representative for delivering complex construction projects using Lean Integrated Project Delivery. He is the executive director of Health Design and Construction at the University of California, San Francisco. James is a board member of the Lean Construction Institute and is committed to improving the design and construction industry as a recognized speaker, Lean IPD Coach, and executive editor of leanipd.com. James has a B.S. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego, and is a CA licensed, general contractor. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Visit the Lean Construction Institute website (https://www.leanconstruction.org/) Reach out to James through his website or Linkedin and other social media channels https://leanipd.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamespease/ Twitter: @leanipd Insta: @Leanipd Check out James’ YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtUuR4Xv85s8MiYNhJPrLmQ) Recommended restaurants Citizen Vine, Rocklin: http://citizenvine.com/ Slanted Door, San Francisco: https://www.slanteddoor.com/ Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
39 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Book Nerd! How to Scale Your Business Like Amazon
Amazon is a household name that continues to lead and dominate the international business scene. The trillion-dollar business that it is today, however, did not happen overnight. Their success story involves failures, risks, inventions, innovation, and an intense company culture not for the faint of heart. Intimidating as it is, though, there is a treasure trove of ideas that we can learn from them to scale our business, even in the construction industry. In this week’s Construction Genius podcast episode, I welcome Steve Anderson, best-selling author of the Bezos Letters. He shares how Jeff Bezos built Amazon into what it is today and how he laid out his plans through his annual letters to shareholders. We discuss things that are considered crucial to Amazon’s growth and how companies can use those strategies to grow their businesses. This episode is something you shouldn’t miss. Listen to it today! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 1:44 What can commercial contractors learn from a ‘book nerd’?3:03 Practicing dynamic innovation and invention 3:54 The difference between invention and innovation 6:46 Jeff Bezos’ personality as a leader9:21 How Bezos is unconventional in his business mindset11:18 Experimentation is a culture in Amazon 12:04 Timeline for an idea to come into fruition 12:49 How does Amazon balance innovation with risks14:11 Invention is where disruption occurs 15:25 How Amazon positions itself in business 17:02 Three customer pillars of Amazon17:37 Understand and articulate your culture 19:23 Generate high-velocity decisions 21:48 Promoting ownership 23:14 Understand your flywheel25:25 Amazon’s flywheel 26:34 Measuring what matters, question what’s measured, trust your gut28:18 Believe it’s always day one 30:22 The starter pack of day one defense 31:48 What can we learn from Jeff Bezos’s leadership? 33:35 Three action items from the Amazon story About the Guest: Steve Anderson is an expert in strategic risk and business growth. Drawing on decades of experience in the insurance industry, he wrote The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon, a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and an international bestseller. With hundreds of thousands of followers, LinkedIn has handpicked Steve as one of the world’s most influential thought leaders. Steve helps business owners understand how to leverage the exquisite tension between risk-taking and business growth. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Visit Steve Anderson’s website (https://thebezosletters.com/) Books mentioned in this episode: The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Bezos-Letters-Principles-Business-Amazon-ebook/dp/B07VD2XMHQ/ Turning the Flywheel: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins: https://www.amazon.com/Turning-Flywheel-Monograph-Accompany-Great-ebook/dp/B07JFT5G7N/ Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
34 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
How to Attract Your Ideal Clients Using Educational Marketing
Are you struggling to attract the right clients to your company? Marketing plays a huge role in addressing this dilemma as you can’t just hope for the best that they will someday notice you and the services you offer. When you’re doing marketing right, your message will be more intentional and laser-focused, resulting in a significant shift, client and profit-wise. In this week’s Construction Genius podcast episode, I share tried and true ways to attract your ideal clients to your construction companies. I discuss the marketing funnel and the four parts of the funnel’s top part that you need to focus on. I also give away three reasons why construction companies fail to maximize profits and what you can do to address those problems. Tune in to this episode! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 1:29 Many construction companies struggle with marketing 2:57 Four parts of the top of the funnel 3:54 Hope is not a strategy 4:27 What is the purpose of a business? 4:52 Reasons construction companies fail to maximize profits 5:16 The right job, right client, right location = success 6:09 The market analysis tool 8:42 The wrong way to do marketing 9:13 The right way to do marketing 9:33 Marlboro’s marketing story 12:38 Successful marketers begin with the client 13:16 Understand why clients purchase your construction services 14:26 The avatar marketing method 15:24 Understanding client’s emotions to craft a marketing campaign 16:50 Questions to ask 20:23 Crafting a targeted marketing message 29:14 Seven aspects of marketing 30:39 Marketing does not have to be a mystery Resources: Construction Niche Analysis: https://www.constructiongenius.com/niche The Brain Audit: Sean DSouza Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
44 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
How to Take the Guesswork Out of Growth (Team, Systems, Cash)
Growth is every business owner’s aim. But many find growing their businesses to be overwhelming; with so many things to take care of, it becomes difficult to pick an area of focus. However, growing your business does not have to be complicated; generations of companies have focused on three things, and they experienced the growth they so longed to achieve. In this week’s Construction Genius podcast episode, I welcome my guest, Bill Flynn, the Catalyst Growth Advisors’ chief catalyst. Bill shares the three things a company needs to focus on to achieve growth. He discusses each of these areas of focus in detail and gives action steps that business owners can take to propel their companies forward. If you are excited about growth but overwhelmed at the same time, this episode is for you. Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 1:13 Three things to focus on for company growth 4:01 Teams and why companies should start with them 6:19 A business owner’s worldview and its impact on business7:17 Critical skills for team leadership 9:46 How to help people who are struggling to perform well 12:32 Flexibility in assigning jobs to people 15:11 Design thinking17:38 Systems and what it does for a business’s growth 22:44 Recommended change process that works well 25:02 Why leadership teams are not cohesive 26:05 Creating psychological safety as a leader 28:20 Cash as a primary metric for growth 30:00 Cash for growth and cash for safety31:57 Grow in a healthy way 32:52 It always starts with the people 34:27 Regaining control 37:38 Bill suggests action steps About the Guest: Bill Flynn collaborates with Alan Mulally, has pitched Steve Jobs, accomplished much, failed often, and learned many useful lessons from thirty years of studying the science of success. He has worked for and advised hundreds of companies, including startups, where he has a long track record of success in multiple industries. He has been a VP of Sales eight times, twice a CMO, and once a GM of a $100MM IT services company division before he pivoted to becoming a business growth coach in 2015. He had five successful outcomes before this, two IPOs, and seven acquisitions, including a turnaround during the 2008 financial crisis. Bill Flynn is also an author and international speaker. Bill’s best-selling book - Further, Faster - The Vital Few Steps that Take the Guesswork out of Growth continues to garner a 5-Star rating. Resources: Do Your Project Executives Need to Become Better Leaders? Book a 10-minute call with Eric Anderton (https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/) Visit Billy Flynn’s website (https://catalystgrowthadvisors.com/) Reach out to Bill through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Books mentioned in this episode: Further, Faster: The Vital Few Steps That Take the Guesswork out of Growth (https://www.amazon.com/Further-Faster-Vital-Guesswork-Growth-ebook/dp/B084VV6BFC/) Switch by Heath Brothers (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385528752/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=catalystgrowt-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0385528752&linkId=22498fc0e1032c9f904171cb51dfeb7f) Catalyst Jonah Burger (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1982108606/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=catalystgrowt-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1982108606&linkId=3723280b9e5140071725de70f5603112) Bottom-line change by Zingerman (https://shop.zingtrain.com/products/bottom-line-change-pamphlet) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
10 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
How to Ensure Smooth Project Hand-Offs from PM to PM
In the construction industry, project hand-offs from one project manager to another are common occurrences from time to time. But despite how common it is, the transition is not always easy. New project managers face many challenges, including understanding the work involved and building relationships with fellow workers and the general contractor or owner. In today’s Construction Genius podcast episode, I talk about how my client and I created a process that would ensure a smooth project hand-off from one project manager to another. The process is simple and doable. Tune in to this episode! Discussion Points: 0:00 Introduction 1:39 Eric shares a story about one of his clients|2:34 The three-step process that ‘John’ developed for a smooth project hand-off 3:24 1st step: Preparing a PM to PM hand-off meeting 4:25 2nd step: Introduce the new PM to the field team 4:57 3rd step: Introduce the new PM to the general contractor 7:07 Project hand-offs don’t have to result in frustration7:21 Eric’s offer to CEO’s and construction business owners Resources: Up and Comers need help. Do you have PMs or executives making a vital contribution to your company, whom you'd like to continue to grow and progress? Consider getting them an outside coach with deep industry experience. Someone who helps them identify and overcome their challenges and develop processes like the one described in this podcast. If you are the owner or CEO of your construction company, and this sounds interesting to you, book a short ten-minute conversation with me to explore if/how I can help. Click this link to view my schedule and reserve a time with me: https://10minutes.youcanbook.me Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
33 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
The Myth of Multitasking: How Leaders Stop Being Scattered and Start Being Effective
Leaders are caught up with juggling different tasks at a time but still end up feeling like they haven’t accomplished anything. We all want to boost our productivity and increase effectiveness, leaders especially, and the best way forward is to let go of multitasking in order to focus more, therefore resulting in achieving more. In today’s Construction Genius podcast episode, we are joined by Dave Crenshaw, the author of the time management best seller The Myth of Multitasking. He explains why multitasking does not result in productivity. He also shares practical ways to start reclaiming the value of your time and the difference between switch tasking and back tasking.He also gives advice regarding getting a third-party to hold you accountable. This is an interesting and educational episode that you will learn a lot from. Tune in to this episode today! What’s Discussed in This Episode: 0:00 Introduction 1:46 Debunking the myth of multitasking 2:27 The difference between switch tasking and back tasking 4:06 Attention switches and how to minimize it5:21 Ways to develop a discipline in schedule 7:07 How to communicate your disciplined schedule to people 8:50 Closed door, open calendar policy 10:38 Emergencies vs. ‘impatiencies’ 11:07 How leaders should deal with the need to be perceived as the hero11:47 Busy means you’re not in control 12:02 Shifting from action to results 13:13 Time blocks and how to effectively implement it 14:22 Practical ways to establish the value of your time 16:08 Delegating is back tasking 16:41 Why back tasking is productive 17:00 When to schedule valuable activities17:41 Examples of back tasking 19:44 Definition of delegation 20:21 Creating a training process and a system 20:58 The relationship between delegation and accountability22:03 Why a third-party helps keep us accountable23:06 Advice for those who want to stop multitasking24:36 Evaluating what tasks to focus on 26:23 How long does focus time need to be to create an impact 28:06 Practical takeaways to become more focused 30:51 Dave’s recommended restaurant About the Guest: Dave Crenshaw develops productive leaders in Fortune 500 companies, universities, and organizations of every size. He has appeared in Time magazine, USA Today, FastCompany, and the BBC News. His courses on LinkedIn Learning have been viewed tens of millions of times. His five books have been published in eight languages, the most popular of which is The Myth of Multitasking—a time management bestseller. As an author, speaker, and online instructor, Dave has transformed the lives and careers of hundreds of thousands around the world. DaveCrenshaw.com Resources: Visit Dave Crenshaw’s website (https://davecrenshaw.com/learn) Follow Dave Crenshaw on Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davecrenshaw/) Subscribe to Dave Crenshaw’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveCrenshaw) Books mentioned in this episode: The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done (http://www.multitaskingmyth.com) Restaurant recommendation: Valter’s Osteria (https://valtersosteria.com/) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to the Construction Genius: A Leadership Master-Class Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!
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