And Then There Was a New Year!
Sometimes there are hard stops (like the end of the year,) and sometimes there are flows (like the middle of winter) that coincide or comingle. Moving from 2021 to 2022 can mean finding (that rare commodity) time to plan, prepare, project, and proceed or it can mean a continual stream of next steps.
Inevitably, when someone in our household has a birthday, this question comes up; do you feel older now? The same question can be asked of the difference between December 31, 2021, and January 1, 2022. Feel different?
Planning has Morphed
We (meaning you and I) have learned a lot over the past couple of years. Things like – annual strategic planning only winks at planning for the unknown. And thinking logically leads to an understanding that what is unknown is, well, you know, unknown. (Think COVID.)
Rather than annual strategic planning, many construction business owners are better served by maintaining a:
Measure of flexibility
Mindset of continual learning
Perspective of risk rapport
Measure of Flexibility
Being flexible is not the same as being wishy-washy; being flexible means looking for ways that work more efficiently than what you already use. It means encouraging innovation and improving processes. It also means being able to change course when reasonable or necessary.
A recent example of flexibility came about when many construction firms sent their office staff home to work remotely, had crews don masks while on construction sites, and continued working under different and sometimes difficult circumstances.
“Leaders honor their core values, but they are flexible in how they execute them.” – Colin Powell
Mindset of Continual Learning
Just as many have the mistaken idea that getting a degree is the goal of going to college (the goal should be to get an education,) some think that once they’re done with the formal school years, they don’t need to bother with “that school stuff” anymore.
By developing a mindset of continual learning (both formal and informal,) savvy and organized construction business owners gain personal and professional growth.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Perspective of Risk Rapport
Starting a construction business is a risk. It is even a risk to take on mom and dad’s construction business. Things happen! But the good part is risks and rewards walk hand-in-hand.
When you have a rapport with someone, it is easy to communicate. You can have short and sweet chats or dig deep into a lengthy dialogue where vital ideas are expressed, and life-enhancing changes are brought about.
When you gain a perspective of risk rapport, you learn more about when to move forward, when to hold back, and what value is possible.
“In a world that’s changing so quickly, the biggest risk you can take is not taking any risk.” – Peter Thiel
Try This Instead
Rather than spending time with charts, graphs, plans, predictions, and so on, find one thing you want to improve about your construction company, focus on that, and take one step at a time making it happen. When you’ve accomplished that, pick another “one thing,” and do it again.
Construction Contractors look to The Profit Constructors to provide advocacy in dealing with:
Clients and customers
Employees and subcontractors
Vendors and service providers
Working with The Profit Constructors gives Construction Contractors the means to organize their operations in ways that help them:
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