The whole team
When you run a commercial construction subcontracting business, it is vital to have people who know what you don’t know on your team.
It goes beyond the people on your payroll, to include your consultants, advisors, and other experts. These professionals step in to allow you to create a Whole Team. Some examples may include:
- Estimating and Takeoff
- Compliance and Legal
- Business Coach
- Human Resources (HR)
- Information Technology (IT)
- Virtual Assistant (VA)
- Tax Preparation
- Systems Development
- Marketing and Social Media
The bottom line is a reliable and candid advisor who understands construction is a valuable business asset.
There is no reason to know the answer to everything. What you need to know is where to get the correct answers.
“Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?” – Henry Ford
The team isn’t whole
Sometimes you have a lack of knowledge, and other times you have a lack of hours. Finding folks who can fill the gaps gives you peace of mind as well as a piece of time.
Frequently, the way you know you need help beyond those you have in your employ is when you run into a knowledge wall, a skills wall, or a time wall.
It isn’t a matter of not being smart enough. You’re plenty smart!
You’re intelligent, or you wouldn’t be in the position of owning a construction business that has grown large enough to necessitate additional professionals. For example, you know how to put geometry and calculus to work in the field, but you may be uncertain of how correctly interpreting financial reports makes sense in the back-office matters of sustainability and profitability.
Finding team members
But, where do you go to find the people who offer the whole team services and advice you need?
Joining and being active in your industry association gives you ample opportunity to mingle with people who can lead you to the specialized professionals you need.
Look through the ads in The Blue Book or other comparable services.
Peruse industry-specific magazines and websites for articles as well as advertisements concerning your needs.
Perhaps most importantly, seek recommendations from others. They may include:
- Your other advisors and their networks
- Fellow subcontractors
- General contractors
Developing the whole team
Jumping into the area of whole team building takes time and isn’t always pretty. Finding just the right people with just the right expertise for your construction business doesn’t happen overnight. Yet, when done correctly, it is worth the time and effort.
Three important factors:
- Find people who know what you don’t know.
- Look for folks who stay abreast of their industry expertise.
- Seek specialists who want you as a person and as a business owner to succeed.
We desire to familiarize you with business concepts, which will make it easier for you to be a better commercial construction subcontractor through our blog posts. Some are new ways of looking at things, and others are refreshers.
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