"Is your construction company doing as well as it used to?"
Is your construction company doing as well as it used to? Is it performing as well as it should? Can your construction projects be better managed?
Are you losing customers? Does your construction company have spare capacity?
What’s the reason for the fall in business? No doubt you are blaming the poor economic climate, more competitors, competition from overseas, the lack of skilled resources and the government. We can always find an excuse if we look hard enough – even the weather can be blamed! Prevent poor weather from disrupting your construction project
But have you actually taken a good hard look at how your construction business is run and managed? Is the company still the same as it was last decade, or maybe even last century? The construction world is continually changing around us. Technology is evolving. Our new employees have different skills and expectations. Customers are changing and their needs are different. Trends come and go – what customers were paying for 10 years ago is no longer desirable. What are you doing about it?
Many managers are so busy dealing with everyday problems on their construction projects that they don’t notice these changes around them. When they do wake up to what’s happening it’s too late and customers have deserted them, their competitors have overtaken them and their construction business is losing money.
Contractors have to adapt and change. It’s no good saying “this worked for me 10 years ago” or “we have always done things this way”!
Some contractors think they can simply go through a re-branding exercise to improve business – which they think means changing the company logo and corporate colors. Maybe even adding a catchy tag-line! The center of the city where we live has been dying over the last 5 years. The streets which used to be vibrant and full of activity late into the night are almost deserted at 9pm. Businesses are closing down. The city council have now, at great expense, launched a re-branding exercise to brand the city center as vibrant and exciting. But it isn’t! They haven’t changed anything in the city. So what’s this re-branding exercise achieved? People fooled by the re-branding into going into the city center at night can only be disappointed.
You have to change your construction company from within and bring on a new strategy.
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Instead of being totally focused on the day-to-day managing of your company take time to visit your construction projects. Look at them with new eyes. What can be improved? Is the quality and safety acceptable? Are your employees motivated? Are your customers Happy with your company’s performance?
Look around you and see what your competitors are doing. Read articles to learn what customers are doing, and to see new building innovations and construction equipment. Be open to criticism and more importantly be open to change. Change can be challenging, exciting and motivating.
Maybe call in outside help, because new experienced eyes and ears, which aren’t tainted with past baggage, will view things differently to how you do. Let’s make your construction company as successful as it should be.
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