A few episodes (of The DYOJO Podcast) back we introduced that we are working on book number five. The working title for this book is Challenge Accepted: An Open Letter To Young People Entering The Workforce. This Book is designed to help those entering the workforce. It's a tool for managers who are hiring young people and want to give them some tools to help them understand what it takes to be successful. It's a resource for parents who want to encourage their children to develop the right mindset and habits for career advancement.
The Career Learning Curve
We recorded a video where we read from the rough draft of the Introduction for Challenge Accepted. For this article we will discuss The Learning Curve.
What is the learning curve? It is the gap between where someone is (honest evaluation) and where they want to be (goals). This gap is bridged by what this person needs to learn. For anyone who wants to bridge this gap, they have to recognize where they are and establish a vision for where they want to be.
The learning curve is the bridge that carries a person closer to their vision for their life. We speak often on The DYOJO Podcast about helping contractors shorten their DANG learning curve. This is true for anyone at any point in their life, there is no shortcut for each person's learning curve. As a professional, at any age, there's no shortcut for the learning curve. But, everyone can shorten their learning curve.
Achieving Your Goals
In our latest book (COMING SOON) Challenge Accepted, we discuss the process of closing that gap. There are two factors that will help young professionals accelerate their journey, their inputs and their outputs.
If the reader viewed our prior video on the Introduction for Challenge Accepted, we discussed the Three Be's:
Each professional needs to develop their ability to apply their heart to what they observe if they are going to learn lessons from what they see. The most immediate challenge facing young people entering the workforce is moving from where they are now to where they want to be in the near future. This is the same challenge that faces any person wanting to move closer to their vision.
Book for Young Professionals
Challenge Accepted is an open letter to young people entering the workforce. For business owners this is a book that will help people on staff who want to advance within your company. This book will help professionals identify ways to move between The Three Where's:
This book will help those who want to seek a career, develop as a professional, and pursue what success means to them. Challenge Accepted will help guide the reader transition from where they are (Where #1) to where they want to be (Where #3). To develop as a professional each person needs to be honest about their current level of knowledge, skills and abilities so that they can learn to develop them further. This book will help identify the resources that will help the reader shorten their DANG learning curve.
Challenge Accepted, book number five coming from The DYOJO and author Jon Isaacson, also known as The Intentional Restorer. Challenge Accepted: An Open Letter To Young People Entering The Workforce.
Setting Goals and Achieving Them
Project management is all about managing the project to completion, according to scope, on time, and on budget. The scope is based upon estimated time and material costs to complete the work. You can begin to master these basics, even as a technician or carpenter, by simply setting daily objectives for yourself.
If you know what you will be doing tomorrow, you can set out your materials the night before, have a plan for how you will be efficient throughout the day, and document for your supervisor that you have met or exceeded the benchmarks that you set for yourself.
For example, when you arrive on a project you can use the following acronym to develop your work SPEeD; this stands for:
If you aspire to a supervisory or leadership role, you can use this sequence to first lead by example. When co-workers and supervisors notice that you are bringing order to chaos, you will create opportunities to input on the daily goals for your team. When you can help yourself and others clearly set and consistently achieve goals you will become an invaluable asset for any workplace. Use The DYOJO Recipe for Production SPEeD to help you elevate your performance as well as everyone around you.
Setting Clear Goals to Accomplish a Task
If you know the goal, you can "reverse engineer" what you need to do in order to achieve this intended outcome. For example, if the team needs to remove all of the drywall in two rooms within an eight-hour shift, a simple goal would be to remove one wall per hour (eight walls total in eight hours). If it's lunch time and your team only has two walls down, either there was an unknown factor decreasing production efficiency or the team needs to light a fire under their butts.
The more you practice setting goals like this and achieving them, the better you will be at this process of project management. This kind of success is addictive and contagious in that team members will respond positively to the sense of accomplishment and managers will be asking how they can replicate your team's ability to achieve your production goals.
Imagine how powerful it would be for you and your team to be able to say, "This is what we are going to accomplish today and be able to hit your mark consistently." If you document your goals and how consistently you have met or beat them, this data will be helpful in showing value to your supervisors. If you want to become a site foreman, shift supervisor, superintendent, or a project manager, this process will help you set and achieve goals as you manager larger teams.
The DYOJO Recipe for Production SPEeD
SCAN your worksite to understand what needs to be done, how to do it safely, and how you can develop a PLAN that optimizes your resources. As a technician, if you have a detailed work order that your supervisor provides you with the night before so that you can prepare for the following day, you can create the framework for your PLAN before you ever set foot on the worksite.
If you can master SPEeD from where you are, you will be proactive in pursuing your goals, and you will also have a solid foundation for leading your teams as a project manager. Use The DYOJO Recipe for Production SPEeD to help you set and achieve your goals. Once you have mastered these abilities you will have all of your past experience to share and equip the teams you manage with the same resources for success.
More Resources from The DYOJO
Project management is an essential function of any organization offering services in the skilled trades industry. Many project managers feel they are overutilized and underappreciated by owners, managers, subcontractors, and customers. Many owners wonder why their teams cannot consistently produce profitable projects with happy customers. Contact The DYOJO about more information to improve this processes and project outcomes.
The Three P's of Project Management are:
The DYOJO will be releasing more information on the critical tools for each of the Three P's. In the meantime you can purchase a copy of So, You Want To Be A Project Manager? by Jon Isaacson.
This week on The DYOJO Podcast we discuss:
IN THIS EPISODE:
0:00 The Power of the Postcard
1:46 An Unnamed Adjuster Talks Matching Materials
8:08 What Are We Working On - Workshop
11:06 Book 5 - Challenge Accepted
19:10 The Government’s Plan to Save Us From Gas Stoves
29:15 One More Tidbit - 1980’s Prisons
34:26 Cutting Edge Tools - The Sony Mavica
NEW book for young people entering the workforce
Jon Isaacson is working on book number five. The working title is Challenge Accepted: An Open Letter To Young People Entering The Workforce. In this episode of The DYOJO Podcast, Jon reads from the Introduction.
What is this book about?
I am not the brightest bulb in the bunch. I did pretty well in my school studies but wasn’t a standout in the sense that I had scholarship offers from colleges begging me to continue my scholastic journey with their institution. I enjoyed playing sports but wasn’t the most talented. I did “win” a few best-effort awards. I played mostly B (JV) or C (Intramural) team sports. Once I acquired my license and tasted the freedom that making my own money brought, I committed to working.
At work, I found that accepting the challenge of doing my best wherever I was employed helped me enjoy the work and achieve better results. Life is difficult and many things can seem impossible, but if things were easy they would not be as exciting to overcome. If making a better life for yourself were easy, everyone would be doing it.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after high school, other than I had some general ideas which I will explain further in this book. I was fortunate enough during my youth to have been provided some basic ideas about how to work (aka work ethic), exposed to people who made positive career choices and hadn’t made significant mistakes with long-term consequences (see Three Internal Holdbacks). These items helped me land some early jobs, achieve some initial success in those entry-level positions, and build confidence for seizing upon advancement opportunities.
If the idea of living with the challenge of entering the workforce and advancing your career appeals to you, I believe this book will be helpful. You can read this book all the way through or you can keep in on your bookshelf until you need a small spark when you are facing a challenging scenario. Just in case this introduction is all that you ever read, I would like you to remember these three things.
The Three Be’s Challenge yourself to build a foundation for life by developing these core character traits, I call them the Three Be’s:
I have hired, trained, and promoted numerous young people who came to my businesses with little to no prior skills. It is my ongoing belief that if you are honest, hardworking, and willing to learn, we can teach you to be successful in anything. On the other hand, if you are not willing to be honest, aren’t willing to work hard, and you aren’t willing to learn, there is little that we can do for you.
One thing you should consider if you are not exercising these three character traits now, it will be that much more difficult to develop them later in life. What you do now will become a habit. Bad habits are hard to break. So, if you aren’t being honest, you aren’t working hard, and you are not willing to learn, those negative habits will become rooted in your life. The longer you practice these three things, one way or the other, the more natural they become. Good habits take consistency to form.
Being honest, hardworking, and willing to learn will not guarantee success but they will set you up for greater opportunities.
This short book was written to encourage young people entering the workforce to keep working hard, recognize your opportunities, and provide you with a few tools that will help you along the way.
I challenge you to read this book, do you accept?
The government’s plan to save us all from gas stoves
Have you heard about the government’s plan to save us all from the health and environmental hazards of natural gas-burning stoves?
Are gas stoves bad for our health? According to Scientific American, “Broadly speaking, there are two categories of concerning emissions related to gas stoves. First, there is the unburned natural gas that can escape before the flame ignites or leak from a gas hook-up. This gas is more than 90 percent methane. Second, there are the pollutants created by combustion when a burner is on, most notably nitrogen oxides, which can irritate the lungs.”
Are gas stoves more energy efficient? According to Constellation, “It takes three times as much energy to deliver electricity to your stove than gas, so buying a gas range could save you money in the long run. Your final bill will depend on how much time you spend cooking, but if you have an electric ignition, you can expect to pay less than half as much per month to run a gas range.”
Lessons learned from a missing beam in a 1980’s prison
According to an article in Engineering News-Record, a contractor created a plan based upon the as-builts showing a beam being in place. When the contractor opened the structure they discovered that the beam did not exist. “The missing bond beam was discovered by contractor ABM Building Solutions LLC, which the county hired in 2021 for a $9.4-million renovation of the jail. ABM had planned to attach new decking to the bond beam, but instead found a void and learned the roof was floating on top of the building, according to the suit.” This story points to the importance of having contingencies in your renovation plan (new contractor) as well as the critical nature of quality control to ensure that the full scope of work is completed according to the contractual agreement (prior contractor).
ANNOUNCEMENT: On Thursday, January 26, 2023 The DYOJO and Pete Consigili, the Global Restoration Watchdog, will be hosting a workshop around Lessons Learned from Hurricane and Storm Response and Recovery. This event will include panel presentations for restoration, remediation, insurance claims, and hurricane response. The one-day workshop will follow the Andrew Ask Building Science Symposium (aka the Building Science Winter Break) at the same location two days prior.
Stay tuned as more information will be coming soon, but the plan thus far includes presentations for this storm and hurricane response workshop from industry leaders such as:
Contact the DYOJO for more information as well as opportunities to sponsor this and upcoming events.
Our NEW BOOK ranked:
Project outcomes in the skilled trades are tied to the estimating process. Good estimating is marked by the thoroughness of data capture (site observation) and the accuracy of data input (bidding). Author Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer, shares his two decades of professional experience to help anyone involved with, or interested in, the art of estimating to shorten their DANG learning curve for improvement.
How To Suck Less At Estimating, was written for:
Early Reviews for This Book:
With his latest book, Jon Isaacson again demonstrates why he is a “go to” resource for so many people in the property restoration industry. - Luke Draeger
As usual, Jon provides great material with actionable details. - David Smith
It’s so refreshing to finally see all of this often-guarded information transcribed from an industry expert to words on a page. - Josh Zolin
About the author:
Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer, is a contractor, author, and host of The DYOJO Podcast. The goal of The DYOJO is to help growth-minded restoration professionals shorten their DANG learning curve for personal and professional development. You can watch The DYOJO Podcast on YouTube on Thursdays or listen on your favorite podcast platform.
This is book 4 in the Be Intentional series from The DYOJO - thedyojo.com/book4
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