Geoff Lawson, Auburn School District, will be one of four subject matter experts presenting at the 2023 Fall PNW Contractors 1/2 Day Symposium in Tukwila, Washington.
Fall PNW Contractors Symposium - Speakers
Geoff will lead attendees through a collaboration process that he created for developing productivity metrics and holding team members accountable for achieving goals. There will be three additional TED Talk-style presentations from local subject matter experts centered around the theme of "Creating Value Within Your Team". Each presentation will be followed by peer-to-peer roundtable discussions and Q&A with each speaker.
You can hear more about Geoff's productivity metrics on Episodes 105 and 106 of The DYOJO Podcast
Fall PNW Contractors Symposium - Agenda
THEME: Creating Value Within Your Team
Hosted by FoCKED and The DYOJO Podcast
DATE: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
TIME: 8am - 130pm (Doors open at 730am)
LOCATION: Tukwila, WA 98188
Please RSVP through Eventbrite
730 Doors open and set up
805 Opening Theme - Creating Value Within Your Teams
815 Presentation 1
Ryan Hemmert - Washington Business Brokers (Seattle)
Quantifying Real Value for Your Team
900 Presentation 2
Geoff Lawson - Auburn School District
Collaborative Productivity Goals
1005 Presentation 3
Peter Holmes - Encircle
Communicating the WHY of Documentation
1050 Presentation 4
Mari Borrero - American Abatement (Kent)
Telling Your Story, Achieving Your Dreams
1140 Closing Thoughts Panel with all speakers
1205 FREE Lunch, networking, and exhibits
Sponsored by Luke Draeger and Tim Conley - Aramsco (Tukwila)
Fall PNW Contractors Symposium - Sponsors
Business owners and managers, are you looking for a book that you can hand to new hires and confidently say, “THIS will help you understand how to be a value in our company and help you chart a path for success.”
Look no further!
Challenge Accepted: Mindset and Habits for Thriving in the Workplace
by Jon Isaacson
Challenge Accepted is a resource you can hand to young people as they build a life for themselves. You can be confident that this publication is an additional voice echoing your many encouragements. Learn more about this project and how you can reserve a copy - thedyojo.com/book5
Announcing a new book from author Jon Isaacson. Challenge Accepted: Mindset and Habits for Thriving in the Modern Workplace.
For business owners and managers, this latest book will be something you can hand to a young professional. Whether they're applying for a job or starting with your company. You can confidently say, "This book provides a roadmap for you to prepare your mindset and your habits. Not only to succeed in our organization, but in life."
Challenge Accepted. This book outlines many of the key things every business owner and manager wants young professionals to know. Readers will receive an asset to help them thrive as they build their professional skills.
This is an excerpt from Chapter 1.2 of my upcoming book, Challenge Accepted: Mindsets and Habits for Thriving in the Workplace. In this chapter I discuss four elements of career development for those entering the workforce as well as those looking to grow their roles and responsibilities.
Chapter 1.2 Four Elements
We are talking about Getting Ready so that you can Get Started on your professional journey. Whenever you face an opportunity to elevate your role or increase your responsibilities, you will revisit the Three Wheres. These are 1) Where you are, 2) Where you will be, and 3) Where you want to be. Within each of these stages, there are Four Elements that enable you to develop yourself (aka personal development, see more in Chapter 2.4) and your professional skills.
As we work to increase these four elements, something changes within us. The inner change is what prepares us to receive and thrive in new opportunities for external growth. External growth is reflected in achieving our goals. Internal growth is all of the preparation work that we do to get our mindset and habits right to face new challenges in our lives.
Increase knowledge = Increased perspective of what is possible.
Increase experiences = Increase confidence in the ability to learn new things.
Increase abilities = Increase opportunities through stewardship of knowledge and experiences
Increase resources = Increase access to opportunities
Knowledge is the most accessible of the four elements. If you are asking, “Where CAN I acquire new knowledge?” I would ask you to consider the same question with one small twist, “Where CAN’T you acquire new knowledge?” You have unlimited access to information which is an essential building block of knowledge. New knowledge has the power to expand our prior concepts of how things work and what is possible. Knowledge elevates our mindset and perspectives.
For example, if you wanted to learn to be an electrician, where could you find information about this trade?
Take anything you want to learn and ask the same question, “Where CAN’T you find information and acquire new knowledge?” We will discuss all four of these elements, but to understand knowledge we have to think about how people deliver and receive new information.
For more about this book for yourself or a young professional that you want to encourage, check out the Challenge Accepted landing page and RSVP your copy today.
Is your position defensible or are you just being defensive?
Our guest Brendon Rumsey, Rumsey Construction & Restoration (South Carolina) joins us to discuss some of his experiences with getting into property restoration (insurance claims), collaborating with local contractors, and learning to defend your pathway to profitability as a contractor.
IN THIS EPISODE:
0:00 An odd way to start
2:23 A rooftop confrontation with State Farm
12:18 From rooftops to water damage mitigation
16:47 Water damage symposium in Washington
18:21 On the verge of bankruptcy
23:31 Connecting locally with national resources
#contractor #insurance #claims #podcast
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.
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.
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