Please mark your calendars for these must-attend events!
The UMCA will welcome Steve Smith with ACCO Engineered Systems to Utah as he presents his seminar "Increasing Your Maintenance Base to Grow Profits." This seminar is designed specifically for HVAC service management team and will assist you in evaluating the value of your maintenance base and will help you learn how to expand it. The course will be held at the Utah Career Center on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Those who attend will receive six professional credit hours and the cost for each attendee is $100. UMCA Contractors will be able to use any of the $1000 Education Credit that they have not used so far this year to pay for the cost of attendance. The deadline to register for the event is Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Registration can be completed online by clicking here or by downloading the paper registration form here._READ_MORE
The beginning of March marks the fifth week of the 2014 Utah Legislative Session and there are only a few days remaining. General hot topics this session have centered around Marriage, Prison Relocation, Liquor Regulation-Zion Curtain, Air Quality Regulation, Gas Tax, Education, Payday Loan Regulation, Count My Vote, 80 MPH speed limits, Drones, and…Mechanical Contracting!
Truthfully, there are a number of proposals which could have an impact on the construction industry and the UMCA is monitoring those bills identified in the Bill Tracking Sheet provided by John Young, Young-Hoffman, LLC. To provide a brief overview of the good:
Now for the overview of the bad/ugly:
There are additional bills that the UMCA is following this session identified in the UMCA Bill Tracking Sheet that can be downloaded here.
The Western Mechanical Labor-Management Conference is just around the corner and now is your time to register. Join leading mechanical contractors of the Western States and UA Business Managers for an insightful conference. Attendees will hear an informative update from UA General President Bill Hite and MCAA President Chuck Fell. Additional topics to be covered will include UA/MCAA Legislative & Long Term Policy Objectives (think pension reform), UA Organizing Update, Plumbers 911-Service Agreements, UA Training Department Update, Emerging Technology Trends for Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors, MCAA Safety Excellence Update, and Transformational Processes for Labor Management Partnerships. The deadline to register is March 10th. Registration is available online at http://www.westernmechanical.org/registration._READ_MORE
The UMCA is looking for plumbing contractors who would be willing to serve on the Uniform Building Code Commission. The UBCC meets monthly to review and consider amendments to all of the codes that govern the construction industry. The nomination deadline is April 4th so please contact Robert Bergman (email@example.com) or Sarah Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would be willing to serve._READ_MORE
The UMCA Negotiating Committee is in the process of developing contract proposals to be considered in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and we need YOUR input. The CBA will expire July 31st and bargaining will commence this May. Its critical that we hear from you, so that we can aim to make this negotiations successful. Please send any suggestions you may have on how we can improve the CBA for you to Robert Bergman at email@example.com._READ_MORE
What leadership skill do your employees, colleagues, and peers view as the most important for you to have? According Robert Kabacoff, the vice president of research at Management Research Group, a company that creates business assessment tools, it's the ability to plan strategically.
He has research to back it up: In the Harvard Business Review, he cites a 2013 study by his company in which 97 percent of a group of 10,000 senior executives said strategic thinking is the most critical leadership skill for an organization's success. In another study, he writes, 60,000 managers and executives in more than 140 countries rated a strategic approach to leadership as more effective than other attributes including innovation, persuasion, communication, and results orientation.
But what's so great about strategic thinking? Kabacoff says that as a skill, it's all about being able to see, predict, and plan ahead: "Strategic leaders take a broad, long-range approach to problem-solving and decision-making that involves objective analysis, thinking ahead, and planning. That means being able to think in multiple time frames, identifying what they are trying to accomplish over time and what has to happen now, in six months, in a year, in three years, to get there," he writes. "It also means thinking systemically. That is, identifying the impact of their decisions on various segments of the organization--including internal departments, personnel, suppliers, and customers."
As a leader, you also need to pass strategic thinking to your employees, Kabacoff says. He suggests instilling the skill in your best managers first, and they will help pass it along to other natural leaders within your company's ranks. Below, read his five tips for how to carry out this process.
Dish out information.
Kabacoff says that you need to encourage managers to set aside time to thinking strategically until it becomes part of their job. He suggests you provide them with information on your company's market, industry, customers, competitors, and emerging technologies. "One of the key prerequisites of strategic leadership is having relevant and broad business information that helps leaders elevate their thinking beyond the day-to-day," he writes.
Create a mentor program.
Every manager in your company should have a mentor. "One of the most effective ways to develop your strategic skills is to be mentored by someone who is highly strategic," Kabacoff says. "The ideal mentor is someone who is widely known for his/her ability to keep people focused on strategic objectives and the impact of their actions."
Create a philosophy.
As the leader, you need to communicate a well-articulated philosophy, a mission statement, and achievable goals throughout your company. "Individuals and groups need to understand the broader organizational strategy in order to stay focused and incorporate it into their own plans and strategies," Kabacoff writes.
Reward thinking, not reaction.
Whenever possible, try to promote foresight and long-term thinking. Kabacoff says you should reward your managers for the "evidence of thinking, not just reacting," and for "being able to quickly generate several solutions to a given problem and identifying the solution with the greatest long-term benefit for the organization."
Ask "why" and "when."
Kabacoff says you need to promote a "future perspective" in your company. If a manager suggests a course of action, you need to him or her ask two questions: First, what underlying strategic goal does this action serve, and why? And second, what kind of impact will this have on internal and external stakeholders? "Consistently asking these two questions whenever action is considered will go a long way towards developing strategic leaders," he writes.