Field Leaders Conference Program
To enable you to exchange ideas with other supervisory personnel about the challenges you face, you will be assigned to a group of field leaders from outside your area. The number on your badge indicates your assigned table.
MCAA leaders will explore the program and why your employers have invested in you with this leadership training. You’ll get to know the other members of your group—plan to discuss your company, its size, your projects, time in the industry, and your challenges.
Throughout the conference, you will develop at least three takeaways at each session, compile them onto a worksheet and return to your job with a list of action items you can put to work immediately.
Join your fellow attendees for a beverage or two before dinner.
Enjoy dinner while you get to know the other jobsite leaders in your assigned group.
You’ll hear how you impact the company’s profitability, learn the importance of accurate costing, and hear about strategies for managing actual hours to budget.
You’ll discuss the top 10 attributes of a great foreman.
As the frontline face of the company and the leader of your crew, you’ll learn how to:
- Communicate with different players
- Be a better listener
- Deal with difficult people
- Bridge conflict and personality clashes
You’ll take away tricks and tactics to help you get even the most difficult person eating out of your hand and other ideas to improve communication with your crew, other subs, your management and owners.
You’ll have a chance to explore the latest tools and construction resources from:
- Anvil International
- Milwaukee Tool
You’ll also see some of the United Association’s favorite products and technology resources.
Good foremen are primarily focused on their own workers and their own scope of work. Although necessary, this by itself is often a short-sighted perspective which prevents greater project success, especially on large and/or difficult projects. Although great foremen have this same focus, they also have a much broader “project based” focus that focuses on all aspects and all parties of a project which in turn causes greater project success. Great foremen see leadership as a much larger role than just worker supervision.
You’re not just leading your workers, you’re leading the project.
In this session, John will discuss how great project leaders successfully lead the following other parties:
- The Owner, CM, GC, A/E, Other Trades, Inspectors, and Commissioners
- Their Project Manager, Boss, Other Departments or Divisions, Warehouse/Trucking, Fab Shop, CAD/VC/Detailing, Subcontractors, and Vendors
This session will focus on the compelling reasons to promote positive change and the most effective means of achieving it. You will learn:
- The necessity of seeing field leadership as a professional position, not a blue-collar occupation
- The difference between building projects and building people
- The three most effective ways to motivate people on the jobsite
- How to use influence instead of authority and how that impacts the project
- Mentoring, coaching and the difference between them
- How to empower and engage through solicitation of field input and shared decision making
Your stash of new ideas, strategies and tools will help you create a professional self-identity and enhance crew performance.