Monthly Archives: June 2013
Posted on June 21, 2013 by FMI CorporationReinvesting in Training: What to Consider By Shirley Ramos We at FMI are seeing an increased interest in training from our clients. Perhaps you are feeling this need as well. As most organizations responded to the economy adjustment in 2008/2009 by looking hard at their budgets, programs and departments that could not prove a direct and clear link to end revenue – showing a firm and predictable ROI – were the ones that were dismantled or at best “put on hold.” As a result, dollars for training and training programs were the first to be re-allocated. Fast forward to 2013 and the construction industry is experiencing a deficit in both hard skills (trades, technical execution and administrative procedures) and soft skills (communication, leadership and time management) with their employees as well as those they are recruiting. At the very least, updates on internal processes and systems, and external requirements and compliances have been poorly communicated. An executive of a large electrical contractor recently talked with surprise and urgency about updated safety requirements that his more senior field team was not aware of. Add the reality of tighter margins in construction projects and we are seeing a rising focus on the need for industry change and human performance improvement.
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Posted on June 13, 2013 by FMI CorporationHelp Software Advice Evaluate the Effectiveness of Estimating Software By Kelley Chisholm I was asked by Derek Singleton, managing editor at Software Advice to provide a link to its latest survey on estimating software. Here is Derek's description of the survey, as well as a link to the results. It is open until the end of June. I hope you will take the time to provide your feedback to this important industry research.
Posted on June 7, 2013 by FMI CorporationLeadership Development Tactics for the A/E/C Industry By Kim Morton The A/E/C industry has recently gone through an increasingly difficult recession, forcing most leaders to cut their staff to the bare minimum. What is left of your talent may be close to burnout or underdeveloped in leadership skills. The age-old question we are hearing at FMI is, “How do I develop my leaders quickly?” During the last two decades, FMI’s Center for Strategic Leadership has created a list of best practices for developing your current and future leaders. Through assessing for talent gaps as well as discovering individual areas of strengths and improvements, these best practices can help achieve a more intentional development plan for individuals or leadership groups.
This post was posted in Center for Strategic Leadership, Talent Development and was tagged with A/E/C blog, FMI Corporation, leadership in A/E/C industry, leader development, leadership development tactics, Estimating software survey