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UMCA News

UMCA Holiday Celebration Deadline December 1st

Today is the final day to register for the UMCA Holiday Celebration.  Come join us on Thursday, December 11th as we celebrate this holiday season and another successful year.  This year’s event will be held at the  I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center (2 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah) with a cocktail reception beginning at 6:30pm and a plated dinner at 7:30pm.  The first couple from each company is free and each additional attendee is $50. To register online click here or download the registration form here.

 

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NCPWB Chapter Kick-off Seminar Scheduled for January

The UMCA plans to implement a Utah Chapter of MCAA’s National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau in 2015.  As part of the process of getting the Chapter off the ground, the UMCA will host a NCPWB Chapter Kick-off Seminar on Thursday, January 8th from 12:00pm-1:00pm.  This seminar will be a follow-up presentation to the one given by Robert J. Durr in Fall of 2013.  Walter J. Sperko, Technical Consultant for the NCPWB will address the group with a brief overview of the NCPWB as well as sage advice for contractors when it comes to code compliance, welding, inspection, and testing other subjects.  The seminar will be free of charge for all UMCA members to attend and lunch will be provided to all attendees.  The UMCA is asking for those who plan to attend to register with the UMCA Office.  Registration can be completed online here or by downloading the paper registration form here.  The deadline to register is Friday, January 2, 2015. 

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UMCA and UA Local 140 Labor/Management Meetings Provide Good Discussion

During the month of November the UMCA and UA Local 140 held labor/management meetings for both the construction and service committees.  As the committees met, productive discussions were held about many topics that the group felt were important and pertinent to the industry.  The service committee held discussions about future journeyman training classes/topics, continued Schedule A negotiations, and labor/management goals for 2015..  When the construction committee met, welder shortage, apprentice employment, manning projects outside of Salt Lake City, and the Standards for Excellence were among those topics talked about.  These committees will continue to meet quarterly throughout 2015 and the UMCA is looking into expanding the scope of the construction committee to include more contractors than just those on the board of directors.  If you would be interested in joining the construction management committee, please contact Robert Bergman at 801-364-7768 or robert@umca.com.  

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Seven Qualities of a Good Leader by Barbara White, Beyond Better Development

How often have you heard the comment, “He or she is a born leader?” There are certain characteristics found in some people that seem to naturally put them in a position where they’re looked up to as a leader.

Whether in fact a person is born a leader or develops skills and abilities to become a leader is open for debate. There are some clear characteristics that are found in good leaders. These qualities can be developed or may be naturally part of their personality. Let us explore them further.

Seven Personal Qualities Found In A Good Leader:

1. A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others. A leader needs to be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly and integrity. A good leader “walks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads.

2. A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause and also about their role as leader. People will respond more openly to a person of passion and dedication. Leaders need to be able to be a source of inspiration, and be a motivator towards the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be part of the team working towards the goal. This kind of leader will not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.

3. A good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members.

4. A leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.

5. Good leaders are tolerant of ambiguity and remain calm, composed and steadfast to the main purpose. Storms, emotions, and crises come and go and a good leader takes these as part of the journey and keeps a cool head.

6. A good leader as well as keeping the main goal in focus is able to think analytically. Not only does a good leader view a situation as a whole, but is able to break it down into sub parts for closer inspection. Not only is the goal in view but a good leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress towards it.

7. A good leader is committed to excellence. Second best does not lead to success. The good leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas.

These seven personal characteristics are foundational to good leadership. Some characteristics may be more naturally present in the personality of a leader. However, each of these characteristics can also be developed and strengthened. A good leader whether they naturally possess these qualities or not, will be diligent to consistently develop and strengthen them in their leadership role.
 

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