Aug 13, 2019
What does the NFL and the Construction Industry share in common?
The NFL is an ultra-competitive, sophisticated, high-pressure team orientated environment. So is Construction.
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In an April 2017 article published in the Ringer, Michael Lombardi (a former NFL General Manager) detailed what NFL teams look for when drafting a quarterback out of college. He describes seven quarterbacks which define successful quarterbacks:
In this episode of Construction Genius, I apply the qualities to the construction environment. Adapt them to your company and use them when you are hiring or promoting young people into leadership roles.
During the Great Recession, from April 2006 to January 2011, nearly 2.3 million construction jobs were wiped out.
One of the long-term consequences of the downturn includes a void created in field and office leadership. Today, Emerging Leaders are about ten years younger than leaders typically are when they take on senior leadership roles and responsibilities. So it's essential that you are selective when you're bringing people into those roles.
Every great football franchise has a high impact head coach.
Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots today, and Bill Walsh of the San Francisco Forty-Niners in the 1980s are two that spring to mind.
If you lead a construction company or a construction division or a department, think of yourself as the head coach, and when you promote into young people into leadership roles, you need to provide them with coaching.
Here's a simple process you can use:
You're responsible for developing and retaining the talent that drives your financial results.
You don't always have the bandwidth to coach each emerging leader individually. It may benefit you at times to get outside help. If you decide to bring in an external coach, make sure that they check these three boxes:
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