Hobbies That Can Make You Better at Construction Management

//Hobbies That Can Make You Better at Construction Management

Hobbies That Can Make You Better at Construction Management

Problem solving, organization, and teamwork are just a few of the key skills that you need to succeed as a construction leader. Construction managers also share some common hobbies that improve their abilities to lead and inspire. Here are some hobbies that can make you better at construction management.

Teaching, Mentoring and Coaching

A sense of satisfaction from giving back is just one of the many benefits of being a teacher or a mentor. Even the skills learned while coaching a little league team are transferable to construction management since it teaches you to communicate, lead, and work more easily with diverse populations. Some of the most successful leaders are also proponents of the STEAM disciplines, science, technology, engineering, art and math. Some have coached Science Olympiad teams which teach valuable skills like building structures and circuits.

News Junky or Tech Nerd

Informed managers tend to make better construction leaders. It’s important to know what’s trending around the industry and who’s winning projects in order to stay competitive. By being an avid follower of current events and technological innovations, you can stay on the cutting edge of construction advances and leadership trends. Here are some good sources to stay up to date with what’s happening in construction.

  • ENR News Alerts – The Engineering News Record provides news, data, studies, and resources for the construction industry at the global level. Considered the foremost authority in construction publications, it’s a great resource for professionals.
  • Construction Dive – This informative online publication covers residential and commercial construction issues for construction executives.
  • Dodge Report – The Dodge Report is the industry standard for data and analytics on project bidding.
  • Construction News – A weekly publication covering major industry headlines.
  • Local business and news publications – Regional business magazines and newspapers can be a great resource for construction professionals.

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

Volunteering programs like this can be an effective way for professionals to earn leadership time while building networking opportunities. They can provide transformational leadership and professional development while giving back to the community at the same time.

Sponsor or Mentor of a Future City Team

You can use your expertise and share your passion for the industry to promote construction careers and help younger generations design and build cities of the future by getting involved in the Future City Competition. It also helps you stay in the know about emerging skills that are in demand.

Memberships to Service or Business Organizations

Organizations like the Detroit Economic Club, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, or a local BNI chapter are great organizations for getting involved in the community and improving leadership skills. Members are the first to learn about the most important business, government, and social issues confronting the community. From creating new business relationships to exclusive access to professional development seminars, the advantages of these memberships are invaluable. Toastmasters is another entity considered to be one of the best places to learn speaking and leadership skills. Joining it can help you gain competitive advantages in the workplace through building self-confidence and maximizing your potential.

These hobbies can make you a stronger and more versatile leader in construction management. Follow current construction trends, new technologies, and nurture future generations in their quest to learn and build. Volunteering and joining some service organizations can help you achieve your long-term professional goals.

 

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By | 2019-10-07T13:32:24-04:00 October 8th, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group
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