Creating TEAM!

Hands with Puzzle

As my mother would say “Your father might be the head of this house, but I am the neck, the hands, and the feet.”

Without those below the head, nothing would get done. One man is not enough. That is why it is vitally important to have a team that works for and with you to accomplish your goals. Your team is one of the most, if not the most important aspect to your success.

Though I would not consider myself an extrovert, I do feed off of peoples ideas and energy.
As a company leader, it is important to surround myself with a team who gives me energy rather than drains it. I think it is important to clarify my broader sense of team:

1. My immediate staff and project manager(s)

2. My clients

3. My sub-contractors
4. My vendors

5. Other company leaders, authors, industry innovators etc

How then do I build into myself a sense of “team”, and gain the energy I need to be at my best individually and as a team?

1.First, I stay in contact with my “team” every day.

Being part of the active team on a jobsite helps stay connected and address issues before they present problems. Even if it is for only 15 minutes, that time allows me to stay informed with the subs on the site, take the temperature of the project, and instill my own energy into the team.

2. Second, I read energizing books and articles.

It is interesting how I derive much energy out of the ideas presented not only from my immediate team, but from the extended team. Blogs, books, and pictures present a wealth of knowledge that is helpful to regain energy and to present fresh ways of looking at the construction process. I subscribe to a handful of construction magazines, read blogs from leaders I respect, and read books that not only inspire me in business, but also teach.

3. Third, I organize and plan my week in order to make myself and the team more effective and productive.

There is no worse feeling then being out of control and reactive. Your team and those around you will pick up on that, and it will effect their productivity. I carry a planner with me that helps define my responsibility and keeps important items from falling out of my memory. I carry the Franklin Covey classic planner with me. Perhaps the most important part of being organized is that it allows you to appropriately delegate responsibilities to your team. Remember, people want direction and need leadership.

4.Fourth, I provide a daily/weekly general schedule for myself and also for my team in order to keep the momentum rolling and eliminate the “standing around”

Here is my personal daily schedule:

  • 7:00-7:30am: Visit one if not a few of the jobsites. Meet positively with my manager or superintendent and give them their schedule and expectations for the day. I make sure to speak positively and encourage them in their work.
  • 8:00-10:00 Organize myself, and schedule for the day. Next, I read or write appropriate trade articles, books etc that will get me energized for the day.
  • 10:00-12:00 Update timeline and work on current projects. Bid new projects, and respond to messages on my phone or email.
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-4:00 Plan meetings with new clients, work on special projects to further grow and improve the company.These last hours will fill quickly due to the amount of energy you have instilled in yourself and your team by following a simple schedule.

A team is a direct extension of yourself. If you are not operating at your best with clarity and organization, your team cannot do the same. In later posts, I will explore the importance of setting goals, and communicating your vision and direction to your team.

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2 Responses to Creating TEAM!

  1. Ellen Weber January 31, 2009 at 10:20 AM #

    Great insights on team success and thanks Chris. I’ve blogrolled your site to make sure I get back often:-) Thanks for digging deep, ying ideas to real life, and saying it so well!

  2. Chris Crimmins January 31, 2009 at 3:50 PM #

    Thanks Dr. Ellen for the kind words.

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