Constructing Ideas – A blog from Constructing Opportunity

Be the Power to Balance the Construction Industry for Better

March is Women’s History Month, an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.  March 3rd – 9th is Women in Construction (WIC) Week with the theme, “Be the Power in Your Success”. “#BalanceforBetter” is the campaign for International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8th, […]

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The Power of Connections

Harvard Business Review recently published an article with facts supporting the positive impact women only conferences and events can have on the career progression of women who attend. The key point to the article, is there is power in making connections, by attending and participating fully in the experience women can build powerful professional networks. […]

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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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