A terrible war is raging in Ukraine killing innocent people. Two very different leaders face-off. Much has been said comparing them. Are there lessons that could make you a better construction manager?
While I don't want to trivialise a tragic war, I believe that we can all learn from every situation. We should be learning from mistakes as well as successes. We can learn from good leaders as well as bad leaders. Why repeat the mistakes of others? Why not learn from good leaders - but even good leaders sometimes make mistakes.
"I always said to those that worked with me that I wanted them to be better than me. They should learn from my mistakes and not repeat them."
I always said to those that worked with me that I wanted them to be better than me. They should learn from my mistakes and not repeat them. They should learn from my good traits and replicate them better. If they were not better than me then I had failed.
Lessons for construction project managers
"When people are too scared to report a problem they will hide the issue"
"Break your word or commitment once and you’ve lost trust. It’s hard to win back trust."
"Many problems occur in construction due to poor or inadequate planning."
"None of us are perfect - be prepared to change"
"The biggest or strongest team does not guarantee a successful project."
"You cannot hide problems forever"
Your winning should never be at the expense of other people.
War is a terrible thing. People who had homes, families, jobs, lives, lose everything overnight. Why? Does the end justify the means?
“When the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.”
In Africa there is a saying: “When the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.” Often the fight doesn’t achieve much, maybe wounded pride for one elephant, but the grass gets trampled and dies. It's the ordinary people who suffer. To be a good leader you don’t have to be a bully. Aim to make people’s lives better. Everyone.
"Consider the consequences of your actions. Will they be worth it?"
You should aim to avoid costly and lengthy disputes. Often disputes end with no winners. Always try and negotiate in an open and honest manner with no hidden agendas, or changing goals. It’s important to understand the other party’s restraints and their bottom-line. It’s pointless chasing something (say a monetary amount) which the other party does not have or can’t concede. When all else fails call in an independent mediator, or follow the dispute resolution process. Avoiding disputes on your construction project. Consider the consequences of your actions. Will they be worth it? What will be gained? What will the costs be? The costs of a dispute often far outweigh the end result.
"What legacy will you leave? A respected leader or a despised leader? A leader in it for yourself only or a team player?"
What legacy will you leave? A respected construction professional who delivered successful construction projects with minimal fuss and problems? Someone that stood up for their team? Someone that delivered projects where everyone was a winner? Someone that is respected? Will you be a leader that sat behind a desk, or a leader who worked with their team? Let’s not destroy people, companies, or the environment. Your winning should never be at the expense of other people. The 10 P’s of successful construction project management
History will judge a bad leader harshly.
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