Constructing Ideas – A blog from Constructing Opportunity

The Apprentice Mindset to Talent Development

Have you consider adopting an apprentice model for professional development training for your employees? The earn-while-learning premise of apprenticeship programs can easily be applied to more general training and talent development needs. Employees are often sent to classes to learn interpersonal skills in areas such as communication, critical and strategic thinking, conflict resolution, teamwork and […]

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Customer Service Counts

Last week I reached out to a small general contractor in the construction industry who had asked me to follow-up with them.  I decided to call rather than use email as I wanted to provide a personal touch.  I was surprised when I called the business number (not a cell phone), I was met with […]

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Women in Construction – Getting Recognition

As Women in Construction week comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the amazing progress of recognition of women in the industry. National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) launched the idea of Women in Construction week a few years ago as a way to bring visibility to women […]

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#MeToo

It was the late 1980s and hanging in most jobsite trailer was a tool catalog featuring scantily clad women wearing hard hats and tool belts. I was a young engineer, finishing an intern assignment for the summer on a construction site and my project manager and superintendent invited me to lunch to celebrate. Imagine my […]

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Culture Matters

Recently we had the opportunity to discuss the importance of company culture as part of a valued client’s new employee orientation.  Our client has a large contract with a multi-national corporation and wanted to be sure their new employees not only understood the culture of their own company but also the culture of their biggest […]

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Successful Teams Build Trust

It seems to be that time of year when all the professional sports seasons collide, the baseball playoffs, football in full swing, basketball and hockey preseason action underway, and all the teams striving to win their sports championship. The only way any of these teams will win their ultimate prize: a world series ring, the […]

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Inspired by the Next Generation of Women in Construction

In our June and July blogs we focused on what we can do to inspire the next generation of women in construction, this month look at how I’ve have been inspired by the next generation of women. Young women who have already chosen construction as a career inspire me with their enthusiasm for the industry, […]

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Influencing the Future of Construction

Last month we discussed the importance of inspiring the next generation of women in construction. There are steps we can all take to ensure we are encouraging girls to pursue a career of their choice, including those in non-traditional industries, starting with awareness of our own implicit biases.  We should also recognize that STEM is […]

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Women in Construction Inspiring the Next Generation

With all the focus on STEM careers, let’s not forget there are many occupations outside of computer science and coding that require excellent math skills and a fair bit of science. The construction industry is an untapped opportunity for women where they currently make up less than 9% of the workforce. And whether you’re a […]

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