Construction Training Initiatives Need to Start with Top Level Managers

It’s well known that new crew members need training directives, but upper level management should invest in growing their knowledge as well

I Build America/Ed Bell Construction
I Build America/Ed Bell Construction
I Build America/Ed Bell Construction

The best leaders know that their example sets the tone for their company. Therefore, if you want your employees to manage their time better, you yourself need to set priorities, address changes and delegate accordingly to set a precedent.

The same is true if you want your employees to take training seriously. Yes it’s true training employees costs time, money and materials. Not only will there be missed time and unbillable hours, but there will also be additional costs. However, as a business manager, you need to see training all employees, including yourself, as an investment in the future of your business.

Top construction business owners should always be aware of what types of strategies, technologies and methodologies appear in the construction sector that can be leveraged in their planning, project initiation and management goals. Construction business owners should always be perpetual learners as they keep up with all strategy changes and what’s on the rise in the industry.

Top Level Training

On top of everything else you do, you and your top-level managers are the people tasked with figuring out how to make your company better. Whether it’s determining a new direction, hiring more people, adding new services, or just figuring out how to improve day-to-day operations to improve job quality and the bottom line – owners and managers are on the hook.

Tough as it often can be, you relish it. Figuring out the answers to the Big Picture questions are why owners choose to put in long days and longer weeks. Construction business owners have a vision of the type of company they want to have and they have ideas on how they want their business run. They thrive on building something of their own – often from nothing.  

Now, there’s a new educational and networking event, developed specifically for the construction industry, to help these risk takers and blue-sky visionaries take their contracting business to the next level.

The Ignite Construction Summit, Dec. 12-13 in Las Vegas, will provide numerous opportunities to network with other contractors and speakers during meet-and-greet breakfasts, lunches and receptions, and will feature seven speakers providing “how to” insights on seven critical issues affecting the running of a construction company, including:

  • How to develop “ownership thinking” in your employees, Garrett Sullivan, Sullivan & Associates
  • Identifying and developing leaders for the long term, Brad Humphrey, Pinnacle Development Group
  • How revisiting your management past can improve your leadership future, Bart Gragg, Blue Collar University
  • Understanding “inbound marketing” and how to make it work for your business, Dave Nelsen, Dialog Consulting
  • How to put “profit first!” while successfully managing your cash, Shawn Van Dyke, Shawn Van Dyke
  • The Navy SEAL approach to developing “elite team dynamics,” John Choate, SA-720 Strategies, a former Navy SEAL
  • Trends (and solutions) in construction litigation, Joshua Ferguson, Freeman, Mathis & Gary

For details on how you can light a fire under development of your company, mark your calendar for Dec. 12-13 in Las Vegas and visit for session descriptions, speaker bios and to register.