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How do you make a cheese sandwich?
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How do you make a cheese sandwich?

How do you make a cheese sandwich?  Seems like a random question for a construction related blog but it’s very relevant.

In January this year I had a meeting with Leanne Bonner–Cooke (now MBE) CEO and founder of Evolve Consultants.

Evolve specialise in bespoke software and product development to help companies be more efficient.  The first stage in this is process mapping.

When we had the meeting, Leanne gave me, what I think is a brilliant example of understanding the need for mapping out processes.  How do you make a cheese sandwich?

If you asked  your employees to make a cheese sandwich they would all be different.  Some would quickly butter some bread, grab a couple of slices of cheese and whack it on.  Others would grate the cheese, perhaps add some salad and mayonnaise, take a bit longer over the process.  I think you can pretty much guarantee that no two sandwiches would be the same.

This can be the case in business too.  I met a Director recently who’s consultancy has grown rapidly over a 2 year period.  They’ve added more and more people and opened a couple of new offices but what he is finding is, he doesn’t have the time to be as hands-on as he’d like and there is inconsistency of service delivery.  New people are coming into the business who can technically do the job, but they are delivering in different ways and some more efficiently than others.  This inconsistency is impacting on their profit margins.  I know from my days as a QS and PM, there is a set fee and if you take longer to deliver, it eats into the profit.

A great way that you can maximise your profits, and I do this with my Clients is to map out your processes.  Ask yourself questions such as:

  • What do you want your Client experience to be?
  • How do you set up a project for success?
  • What are the standard processes that need to be followed for the services you deliver?
  • How long should this take to deliver?

You can then identify where the inefficiencies are and you can bring these standards and processes into performance managing your teams as well.  Where are the skills gaps?  Where are the inconsistencies of service delivery in your teams?  Who needs additional support but aren’t asking for it?

There is such a lot of pressure in our industry to be perfect at everything, and we certainly are not.  It can also be a sign of weakness to ask for help.  One of the worst experiences I had as a trainee surveyor was being given a cut and fill exercise to do, I felt like I couldn’t ask for help and it took me forever.  It was so demoralising and I’ve never forgotten that experience.  In fact I quit my job not long after that and became a waitress in an Italian restaurant briefly!!

Leanne recorded a 1hr to Change webinar with us in July and I’ve put the link below.  Taking 1hr out of your business could save you thousands.

Process Mapping/ IT Solutions

How social media could solve your recruitment challenges
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How social media could solve your recruitment challenges

This week I’ve been in Manchester.  I led a strategy session with the board of a new Client on Monday and on Tuesday I was at the Inspire Summit; Women in Construction, Housing and Social Media.

One of the biggest challenges my Client has is recruiting the right people, in fact, it’s the same issue that pretty much everyone I speak to has at the moment.  One of the themes of the Inspire Summit was how we attract the next generation into the industry and there is a solution that could solve both of these problems.

SOCIAL MEDIA

This is an area that I’ve had to learn since I started my business 4 years ago but I don’t do it alone.  I have a Marketing Coach, I’ve read lots of books but I still feel like a rabbit caught in the headlights with it all sometimes! (You can’t beat a good snapchat filter!)

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As part of the 1Hr to Change programme I hosted a webinar and recorded a podcast with Peter Watson from Distract who are the fastest growing Ad Agency in the East Midlands.  According to Peter, “we are living in a mobile-first world” and if you want to build a successful business, you have to build a brand.

What Peter means by this is using social media content to showcase who you are as a company but most importantly, what it’s like to work for you.  If you visit a company’s website they will likely have something on there about their values and what they do but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great place to work.

According to Peter, Video is one of the best ways to build a brand.  Everyone watches videos, the majority of people reading this blog will be on Facebook, scrolling through our feeds and watching videos.  More and more people are starting to use video on Linked-in, Twitter and Instagram including your competition. This is something you can do on your phone, it doesn’t have to be perfect with a proper video camera etc which makes it cost effective for smaller businesses.

Peter’s advice is to find people in your company who are comfortable with video and start from there.  He’s doing this with his own company, by getting his team to create video content, he is getting the message across that he has a range of experts which means that Clients don’t just want to work with him.

In this webinar we also talk about the role of the Marketing Manager.  A lot of people employ Marketing Managers and think they should be able to control the social media but there is so much to learn.  Social media platform algorithims are changing all the time.  Stuff I’ve learned so far:

  • Facebook doesn’t care about hashtags but it does like video and Facebook live, although not as much as it used to because you don’t now get the same reach without paying.
  • Facebook doesn’t like you posting links to other websites in your posts and taking people off Facebook.
  • Linked-in previously wasn’t bothered about hashtags and now it likes them.
  • Linked-in doesn’t like people posting website links in the posts so put it in the comments bit.
  • Twitter likes photos and videos now where previously it was about the words but it’s still ALL about the hashtag.
  • Instagram loves hashtags but you can’t put any links to websites on there except in the bio section.
  • Instagram loves instagram stories where you can post a video or photo with captions throughout the day.

If this is double dutch to you and you feel overwhelmed just thinking about it, you might need to think about getting someone on board who knows about this.

Ultimately building a brand is about creating a positive culture that would attract people to come and work for you and using social media content to get that message out there.  If you feel overwhelmed or dislike social media then you could be missing out on a great opportunity to get the best people in your teams.

One last thing, this approach could make you more profitable.  If you are showing how you add value and Clients can see that, they will want to work with you, not because you are the lowest price but because you are the best.

The link to Peter’s webinar is below including a great giveaway at the end…….

Social Media Marketing

What’s it like to walk in someone else’s shoes?
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What’s it like to walk in someone else’s shoes?

I took this photo at Nottingham Pride in July.  It was the first time I’d been, I went on my own, not part of a group.  I didn’t officially march, but I did jump off the pavement and join in.  The person wearing these killer heels, marched, they meant business.

This year has been a big year for me so far.  I became Chair of the Construction Industry Council (CIC)  Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)  panel and I also undertook the most ambitious project I’ve delivered so far, 1 Hr to Change.

The CIC D&I panel brings together representatives from the professions in our industry including RIBA, RICS, APM, RTPI.  Our purpose is to collaborate and raise awareness about the challenges we are facing in our industry around D&I.  The key thing is, we have a skills shortage and we are not attracting talent from the diverse talent pool that is available to us.  Part of this issue, I believe is that we have created an industry where we can’t be ourselves.  To me, D&I is about everyone being able to bring their whole selves to work, men and women.

I recently vlogged on linked-in about a Client I was working with who told me a story about some advice he was given early on in his career as a Site Manager.  He was struggling to work in the tough, adversarial environment he found himself in.  He was told by his Manager that he had to either put on an act, a mask, or it wasn’t for him.  That attitude definitely still exists today.  Men can’t show emotion and if they do, they are weak.

D&I is about understanding each other and breaking down the barriers but it can be tough if we don’t know how to act, or what to do to create an inclusive environment.  I know of a woman who tried to tell her boss she was gay so she could be open about who she really was.  It was not well received and she felt she had to go back to hiding her personal life and continue to adopt the ‘we’ did this rather than her and her girlfriend.  I worked with a man at the start of my career who is gay but never came out at work, he only talked to people he really trusted, that was 20 years ago and he is still not openly gay.

In June as part of the 1 Hr to Change programme I recorded a podcast and webinar with Sharon Slinger from Constructing Rainbows.  Sharon is an award winning Chartered Quantity Surveyor who worked predominantly with large Contractors prior to setting up her own consultancy advising companies on Diversity and Inclusion.  Sharon has also been involved in setting up a number of LGBT networks in her career and is now co-opted onto the CIC D&I panel.

There is a link below to listen to the podcast and sign up to get access to the webinar for free.  There is some great information in there as to what companies can do to start to generate a more diverse and inclusive culture.  One of the things we can do as individuals is call out bad behaviour.  I did this recently and got a bit of a backlash!  It prompted me to make a video of me ironing….. the link to my Facebook page is HERE to watch the video and hear my story.

If you want to find out more about what you can do, watch the webinar, there are also some great resources available on these websites:

Sustainability Supply Chain School Fairness Inclusion and Respect Toolkit

Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) BAME in Property

Stonewall, a charity who’s mission it is to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people feel like they are not alone.  There is a great toolkit here.

Disability Confident a scheme to help employers make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

Sharon talks about the importance of stories bringing to life people’s experiences and helping others to understand what it’s like to be in their shoes.  I don’t know the story of the person wearing the amazing shoes in my photograph but I would love to hear your stories, especially any initiatives you have going on in your workplace to encourage diversity and inclusion.

The CIC are working on an exciting new project we are launching in November 2018.  If you want to find out more about this then click HERE to sign up to my newsletter.

The link to Sharon’s podcast and webinar is below.  Have a great week!

Diversity&Inclusion

 

Are you ‘in joy’ with your Job?
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Are you ‘in joy’ with your Job?

I recently recorded a #1hrtochange webinar with Nigel Risner who is a fantastic motivational speaker, business turnaround specialist and author of a number of books including ‘It’s a zoo around here’. Hence the monkeys in the photo!  More on that later…..

The theme of this webinar was about how to motivate your people.  As an industry we have a massive skills shortage which is only going to get worse when Brexit happens.  Everyone I speak to in the industry is talking about the challenge of recruiting good people but it’s not just about recruiting them, you’ve got to keep them.

Some of the key questions that Nigel asked is, ‘How many of you know the top 5 personal needs of your people’? ‘What drives them to come to work’?  ‘What do they need to perform well’?  ‘What is getting in the way’?  Do you know the answers?  It’s not about the money, that is a short term gain and you won’t build a successful business if it is all about the money.

I totally get that and it made me reflect on the recession which first hit 10 years ago this week.  I remember how training and development fell away, how it was all about the money, people were fighting for survival but not in the right way.  Those that were beaten up badly in the recession, as soon as things got better, they left.  Their personal needs weren’t being met, it was bleak and there were lots of redundancy sticks about.  As an industry we cannot afford to make that mistake again.

One of the questions I asked is, how do people motivate themselves?  If you’re a business owner or leader you have to motivate yourself first.  Nigel talked about the importance of passion.  If you’re passionate about what you do, you will have passionate people working for you.  Hence the question, ‘Are you in joy with your job’?

If you don’t love what you do, you will never be successful and if you’re not happy where you are, move was the key message, Nigel doesn’t mince words!

Another key takeaway, is, Inspire or Fire!  If you’re not willing to inspire them, then why?  Are there negative people in your organisation who are disrupting others?  A lot of business owners are in fear of getting rid of people precisely because there is a skills shortage but, and I’ve seen this happen, if people are allowed to get away with disruptive behaviour, you will lose your best people.

Now we come to the zoo bit.  I mentioned at the beginning about the importance of knowing your people’s personal needs.  Everyone is different but there are key character traits and Nigel describes these as, Monkeys, Lions, Elephants and Dolphins.  They are motivated by different things and as a business owner or Manager, it’s your job to be the ‘Chief Zoo Keeper’ and know what their needs are.  Not only will it increase their motivation, it will increase your bottom line.

So, this week, have a think about whether or not you are ‘In Joy’ with your job or business and about how well you know your people.  It will make a massive difference.

You can listen to the podcast I recorded with Nigel and watch the webinar replay HERE, it will definitely give you food for thought.  Oh, and different animals like different food!

Have a great week!

 

If you gave yourself time to think you could be a millionaire
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If you gave yourself time to think you could be a millionaire

I took this photograph on Sunday en route to Sardinia.  Technically I’m on holiday right now but I’m taking some time out to write this in probably the most beautiful surroundings I’ve ever written a blog in!

So my question today is, when did you last give yourself time to think?  When I was studying to be a coach, one of the most memorable training sessions we did was based on a book by Nancy Kline called ‘Time to Think’.  It basically involved the coach asking the coachee, ‘what would you like to think about today‘?  Sounds so simple but it is so powerful.

I’ve read a few articles recently about how technology is chipping away at our ability to be able to think and focus.  Our brain loves shiny new things, we can’t not look when the phone pings with an e mail or a call.  I recently tried to do a coaching session with a Client and it was really challenging as he felt he couldn’t switch off his phone or even put it on silent.  He definitely didn’t get what he needed from the session which was a wasted opportunity.  Nigel Risner, 1hr to Change week 4 trainer has a great quote, ‘if you’re in the room, be in the room’.  My Client definitely wasn’t in the room that day.

When  you’re in business, ‘big picture’ thinking is so important.  Do you have a vision for yourself and your business?  Do you know where you want to be in 3, 5 or 10 years time?

Reflecting back on week 3 of the #1hrtochange programme, this was my session on strategy and vision.  This was the lynchpin of the series as it gave you the opportunity to have time to think about where you wanted to be and where you needed to focus your energies to get there.  You could then pick and choose the webinars that would be most useful for where you’re at right now.

When I’m working with a Client the first question I ask them is about their vision for themselves and their business, you can’t separate one from the other because if you’re not happy personally and your vision isn’t driving you forward, you will never achieve what you want.  Also, I often find that my Clients aren’t thinking big enough.  I recently did a session with a new Client and asked the usual question.  He said, in 10 years time he’d be happy earning 150k / year.  This really didn’t seem a lot for 10 years work.  I then asked him some more questions and he had a lightbulb moment.  He realised that if he built up his business in the next 10 years he could sell it for around 12 Million.  At that stage he’d be 50, he’d be a millionaire and have financial freedom to travel with his family, start a new company, the possibilities were endless.

So, if you can find ‘1hr to Change’ this week it could make a massive difference to you and your business.  The link to my webinar is below and I will take you through a process to help you think about your business and also identify the areas you need support in.

All you need is a pen and paper and Time to Think.  It could change your life.

Have a great week.

http://1hrtochange.com/members/strategyvision

 

Do you know what Burnout really is?  It’s worse than you think…
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Do you know what Burnout really is? It’s worse than you think…

We are coming towards the end of the holidays and I’ve already seen some of the ‘first day at school’ photos on Facebook.  Before you went on holiday, did you feel ‘burnt out’ as you would call it?

In my blog this week I’m reflecting back on the 1hr to Change webinar I hosted recently with Anna Pinkerton from Kindness Incorporated about the 5 signs of burnout, and how to avoid it.  Anna is a Psychotherapist who works with business leaders and entrepreneurs who have broken down or are close to it.  She is also passionate about raising awareness to make sure they don’t get to that stage in the first place.

When I was a Project Manager I remember working on a really stressful project that required me to do a lot of travelling around the country.  I recall sitting at my kitchen table at 6am on a Saturday on the day I was going on holiday trying to clear e mails and I hadn’t event packed.  For the first time I took my laptop away with me.  In my mind I felt ‘burnt out’ but I wasn’t in the truest sense, although if I’d continued at that pace, I could have been.

Burnout isn’t about getting tired and needing a holiday,  it’s a traumatic event, when all of your senses and defence mechanisms are overwhelmed in 1 moment.  Prevention is simple as Anna talks about in the webinar but recovery is difficult.  Burnout can take up to 2 years to recover from.

So, how do you get to that stage?  Only the most hardworking, strong and dedicated people burnout.  They are the ones that can extend themselves beyond their limits, regularly, until they can’t.  They are phenomenal in their ability to put their work and other people above themselves.  They are the people that rarely say, ‘what do I need’?

Before the webinar, Anna told me a story about one of her Clients who was a Project Manager in construction.  He was responsible for delivering a complicated project and he made the decision to do it a certain way.  He was so constantly stressed throughout the project he literally felt like he was carrying the weight of the building on his shoulders and when the project was finished he broke down and had that ‘sliding down the back of the door’ moment.  Has this ever happened to you?  Can you see it happening to someone you are working with?

One of the standout quotes for me on this webinar is:

“An industry that is all about constructing stuff that is great, solid and robust is requiring its people to deconstruct themselves”.

Anna also talks about the macho culture in our industry, as if we say that rest, sleep, reducing adrenalin, being looked after, basic needs,  “that’s all good for other humans but not us, we are the Construction Industry”!  “Does the Construction Industry have special powers to avoid burn out?”

The answer is no!

So, what can be done to prevent it?  There are some great tips in the webinar but the key message is, you have to look after yourself which starts with, not skipping lunch, getting away from your desk at lunchtime, taking regular breaks to have a cuppa.   Simple things that collectively make a massive difference.

A ‘top down’ approach is also needed from business owners and managers.  It’s all well and good saying that you care about the wellbeing of your employees but it’s about what you do, not what you say.  If you are brutalising yourself as Anna calls it, not taking breaks, continually working late, e mailing at midnight then what message is that giving to your employees?

I asked the question, what should an employee do if their bosses aren’t looking after themselves and expect the same from them?  You have to be companionable to your yourself and set your own boundaries.  Going back to the Project Manager earlier who had the breakdown.  He’s back at work and is setting boundaries for himself.  He was recently asked to attend a lunchtime meeting and said no, that he doesn’t attend meetings at lunchtimes because he needs to take a break to recharge and eat his lunch.  Sounds fair enough, right?  His boss accepted it.

I could go on and on about the golden nuggets that came out of this webinar but it’s probably easier if you just watch it yourself, access is free when you sign up to the 1hr to Change website.  If you don’t want to do that, then at least listen to the podcast Anna recorded with a Director from the industry to get his perspective including the role Clients could play in burnout prevention..

One final thing, something great has come out of this webinar.  One of the attendees is implementing a new initiative in their organisation and myself and Anna are going to help promote this in our industry.  It’s being launched at an industry Wellbeing in Construction Summit, so watch this space!

Click HERE to access Anna’s page on 1hr to Change.

 

Is Construction bad for your Mental Health
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Is Construction bad for your Mental Health

I’m very conscious that I’ve been very sporadic on the blogging front but I’m dusting off my page and starting again with my latest journey…..

I’ve just finished the biggest project I’ve done so far, 1 Hr to Change .

I set a goal for myself at the start of the year that I wanted to have a membership site.  Little did I know how quickly that goal would happen.  Some funding became available from the D2N2 LEP to spend on SME’s and Micro-Businesses in the Construction sector as part of the Skills Support for the Workforce project in partnership with Learn Direct.

I knew what the challenges were with these businesses through working with my Clients.  Lack of headspace, fire fighting, cashflow, being pulled in lots of different directions, don’t have the right processes and procedures in place and are wasting time, money and resources.

I wanted to extend the reach of the funding to as many businesses as possible so I suggested building a membership site hosting a series of webinars, podcasts and films from local and national industry experts to help businesses to grow and be more profitable.  1hr to Change was born!

Between 8 May and 31 July 2018 I hosted 13 webinars and podcasts over 13 weeks with 13 different trainers plus bonus content.  It was a complete whirlwind and I didn’t get time to reflect on any of the amazing content as it was a case of, ‘done, done and onto the next one’ (name that tune?!).

At the time access to the webinars was just for businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire but am delighted to say it’ s now available nationally for the next 12 months, AND IT’S FREE!!

Week 1 was all about Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing.  In a recent Construction News’s 2017 mental health survey it was found that 1 in 4 workers had considered suicide.  This statistic was still the same in 2018.

One of the main differences between men and women is that women talk and men don’t.  I know this first hand because I had depression a few years ago and boy, did I talk to my best friend about it, a lot.  How many of you reading this right now are suffering but have never said anything to anyone for fear of being weak?

Andy Dean, Managing Director of Building Site to Boardroom delivered the webinar.  BS2B are a not-for-profit organisation specialising in creating e-learning and face-to-face courses around wellbeing in the industry.  Andy has experience in the industry but is also a trained Counsellor, a perfect combination to get the industry’s attention.

“We have tools for everything in the industry but not for developing who you are on the inside”, was one of my favourite quotes and in this webinar there are some great tools to help in the moment but also to prevent getting to that moment in the first place.

Here’s the link to Andy’s page on the website where you can listen to a podcast I recorded with him.  You can also sign up to the site to get access to the webinar replay.  I hope it helps you and your teams in the future and it raises awareness to get people talking and bring this horrible suicide statistic down.

Mental Wellbeing

The link between Great British Bake Off, Ironing and Construction
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The link between Great British Bake Off, Ironing and Construction

It’s Thursday, it’s 10.30am and it’s definitely time for cake.  In fact, I’ve just had a bit at the lovely 200 Degrees coffee shop in Nottingham (other 200 Degrees are available).  They even had a joke on the board outside, ‘I had a joke about construction, but I’m still working on it’!  How rude?!

How many people watched the new GBBO this week?  If you’d seen the publicity photos leading up to it you would have noticed they were all holding a piece of rainbow cake.  So, what’s that got to do with Construction?  I recently wrote a course for the Chartered Institute of Building Academy on Ethics and Compliance in Construction.  It’s a free five week course on the FutureLearn platform and we’ve already had two cohorts go through it with some great feedback.

When I was writing the content I had to think really hard about how to describe ethics.  I’m a Chartered Surveyor, have been since 2001 but apart from a ‘knowing’ of what is right and wrong and adhering to codes of conduct,  I hadn’t really delved deeply into the subject of ethics.  One evening, I had a flash of inspiration (or maybe I was just hungry!) and a picture of a rainbow cake came into my head.

When you look at a rainbow cake from the outside it looks plain, but when you cut into it you see all of the different layers, similar to ethics.  Everyone is unique and the layers that influence your ethical decisions are:

  • Childhood upbringing
  • Beliefs, including religious beliefs
  • Culture
  • Values
  • Later life experiences
  • Discussion with others

Writing this course has got me thinking about behaviours and culture in our industry and the concept of being able to be yourself in the workplace or, bringing your whole self to work.  Having to suppress who you are can have such a negative impact on your mental wellbeing but first of all you have to know who you are in the first place.  From the feedback the CIOB have received so far, this course has definitely helped with that and started some great conversations.

The next run of the course starts on the 25 September 2017 and there is a link here to book your place.

With the ‘bringing your whole self to work’ concept, I recently posted a video of me ironing on my Facebook page.  The video wasn’t made because me ironing is such a rare occasion (although my husband would beg to differ), it was in response to a post I read on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.  If you do watch it, I would be interested in your thoughts.  My husband was also very confused when he came home to see the ironing board had been used, but at least he had a shirt ironed that day!

Now, how many people will eat cake after reading this blog……

Why Concrete and Coaching Don’t Mix
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Why Concrete and Coaching Don’t Mix

Following on from a coaching session with one of my Clients yesterday it got me thinking about the concept that concrete and coaching don’t mix.

My Client is a Civil Engineering Contractor and is wanting to take his business to the next level so we’ve been having regular coaching sessions to look at what actions he needs to do to grow his business and maximise profits.  When he first contacted me he didn’t have any headspace at all, it was full of all of the things he knew he needed to do and deal with but didn’t know where to start and he was very stressed.  We use the word stress a lot, it’s a feeling that we have but what does it mean?  It’s basically when perceived pressure exceeds your perceived ability to cope.

Fast forward a few sessions later and he’s getting clearer but a couple of weeks ago I went to site to do the session as planned and he was having a disastrous day, the concrete pour was not going well and the water had managed to disconnect itself somehow.  That day we cut the session short so he could deal with the issue but that prompted me to share with you a couple of tools you can use to help you get more headspace.

The first one is to breathe.  Sounds a bit daft to say that as we need to breathe BUT, this is called the 7/11 breath.  It’s a technique I was taught on my coaching course and used many times as a Project Manager when I felt stressed and pulled in lots of different directions.  I used to take myself off to the ladies and practice breathing in for 7 counts and breathing out for 11.  Do that a few times and it really does calm you down.  When you get stressed it shuts off the  part of your brain that thinks creatively which is just what you don’t need in that situation.  Next time you feel yourself getting stressed, try it and let me know if it works.

The second tool is simple, when you’re mind is full, write it down.  The short term memory part of your brain acts like the RAM of a computer.  It keeps storing things that keep going round and around your head like an unclosed loop.  If you don’t find a way to close the loop you can literally go loopy!  Every time you tell yourself ‘I need to do this, I must sort that’ but then you don’t do anything with it, your short term memory stores it, and the more things you tell yourself, the fuller it gets until you may feel like your head could explode.

So, get a piece of paper and have a massive dump, a brain dump I’m referring to, just to be clear!  When you write things down that signals to your brain that you’ve closed the loop and it empties it from your short term memory.

Both tools are simple but effective and I hope you find them useful.  Enjoy the rest of your week and I’d love to know how you get on if you use them.

If you haven’t already signed up to my blog and you’d like to, the link is here.

Time to share the industry’s great examples of good
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Time to share the industry’s great examples of good

I’d like to say I’m writing this on a sunny day in August but unfortunately the Mediterranean has kidnapped the sun and is holding it to ransom!  Despite the weather I thought I’d share with you a positive industry message for a damp summer’s day.

I recently hijacked Ann Bentley, Global Chair of Rider Levett Bucknall (which I say incorrectly in the video, a bit of a red lorry, yellow lorry moment, apologies Ann!) and member of the Construction Leadership Council chairing the Supply Chain and Business Models work stream.

Myself and Ann sit on the Construction Industry Council main board and Ann acts as our link to the Construction Leadership Council. I remember when the CLC was formed at the same time that the Construction 2025 strategy came out, it has been massively paired down since then but it seems to have focus and direction to bring much needed change and act as an interface between Government and Industry.

Given that the majority of our industry is made up of SME’s and Micro-Businesses I don’t think enough people know who the leaders are and what work is being done on their behalf so I took the opportunity to do an off-the-cuff interview following a recent board meeting. It definitely is off-the-cuff, no flashy lights or flattering camera angles (not for me anyway!) I do, however have some proper microphones and shall most definitely be hijacking more industry leaders for future interviews, so watch out!

There is some great insights into what the CLC are doing in this video but the thing that really stuck in my mind was that they are looking for ‘great examples of good’. Ann’s viewpoint is that we know enough about what is going wrong in our industry but we can learn more about what is going right.

We build amazing buildings so let’s definitely share these great examples of collaboration, productivity and what we do best. Please feel free to post your great examples of good below with links.