Construction 201 – PM and Field Supervisor Master Class

This courses is designed to refine essential leadership skills needed by project managers, project coordinators and field supervision.

The modern construction project requires project managers, coordinators and site leadership to interface with more stakeholders than ever. Today, projects are more complex to deliver, and are being required to be delivered in record time. Combine this pressure with varying interests across the project lifecycle between the design and compliance desires of consultants, desires of owners and owner’s representatives, and ultimately the economics of returning on an investment, and modern project leadership must be able to adapt and balance the interests of all stakeholders to ensure project success. It also means, we have to practice our own leadership skills.

Topics include:

Module 1 Negotiating to Win On Site – 3.5 Hours
This 3.5 hour module explores Harvard's Program on Negotiation (PON) and walks the learner through distributive and integrative bargaining strategies required to arrive at the best possible outcome for settling disputes on-site. Leveraging the best information you have while putting the interests of the project front and centre, we will work through practical solutions including a prisoners dilemma group exercise.

Module 2 Communication Strategies in a New Era of Social Distancing – 3.5 Hours
Recognizing the appropriate medium for delivery of message will be more critical than ever to build trust among project partners. Email is not always the right solution, yet a handshake is no longer socially acceptable. This dilemma needs new thought, and practical solutions that we will explore to arm PM's and Site Superintendents with the key skills they need to get their message across, while also respecting the receiving of messages from others in the spirit of collaboration to get the job done.

Module 3 Productivity in Construction – Moving the Needle 1 Percent in Your Workflow – 3.5 Hours
Using statistical data from McKinsey & Company, we explore how we can adjust our work flow to account for just a 1% productivity increase on-site. That 1% translates on a $10 million small project to an additional $25,000.00 in net profit. But how do you do it with so many moving parts in a supply chain? The National Research Council study Productivity in Construction reveals a pathway to success.

Module 4 Leadership – Leadership is Not a Rank – It is a Decision! – 3.5 Hours
We will learn the way our bodies behave when faced with stress, and explore the personal growth needed to begin your path to strengthening your leadership skills. Critical to your own career journey, deciding to be, or in the alternative, knowing when not to be the leader and allow others to take over takes critical thinking and understanding of our very own biological make-up, and more.

Please note the information obtained from or through this course does not constitute legal advice, but is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes.

June 7, 9, 14 & 16, 2022 Tue. & Thu. 1pm - 4:30pm ET
Instructor-led Live Webinar
Derek A. Smith
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INSTRUCTOR: Derek A. Smith

Derek Smith is considered one of Canada's leading facilitators of construction and design industry workshops. With over 3750 attendees at his in-class sessions since 2013 when he established Constructionlab, his rating for delivery of content, teaching style, insight and expertise averages 4.5 out of 5 of over 500 attendees surveyed. Derek has transitioned his classroom format to on-line LIVE Sessions with over 55 hours delivered in April 2020 alone, all averaging 4.5 or better out of 5 for content, delivery method and style, insight and expertise. His company Constructionlab maintains memberships with the Institute for performance and Learning, the Toronto Construction Association and the London Chamber of Commerce.