Don’t know what books to read to help you advance your career as a Hard Hat Professional? In this section we feature books recommended for you to read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negotiating The Impossible

Rukesh Raghubir the Chief Executive Officer of M&D Construction Group,has recommend the book below and he shares why this book can assist young HardHat Professionals advance in their careers:

“Some negotiations are easy.  Others are more difficult.  And then there are situations that seem completely hopeless.  Conflict is escalating, people are getting aggressive, and no one is willing to back down.  And to top it off, you have little power, money, or other resources to work with.  Harvard professor (and negotiation advisor to organizations around the world) Deepak Malhotra shows how to defuse even the most potentially explosive situations and to find success when things seem impossible. Hope you enjoy it and become better at closing deals.”

The 360 Leader By John C Maxwell

Mrs Malani Padayachee-Saman Founder and director of civil engineering consulting firm MPA (Pty) Ltd (Malani Padayachee and Associates (Pty) Ltd. She has recommend the book below and she shares why this book can assist young HardHat Professionals advance in their careers:

“It sensitises leaders to the fact that they are not solely responsible for providing direction and leadership in an organisation and it provides tips on how one can move up within an organisation.”

 

A practical guide to the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract, By Michael Rowlinson

Leonie is currently pursuing a PhD in Construction Management at the University of Pretoria with special interest in lean construction. She is currently working as commercial Contracts Manager at a Civil Engineering Construction company in Johannesburg. She has recommend the book below and she shares why this book can assist young HardHat Professionals advance in their careers:

“The author gives readers suggestions using practical examples which can be used to achieve the overall intent of the contract (completing on time, within budget and according to the specifications).  The author discusses all aspects of the NEC, from the origins of the contract, the core clauses, additional documents as well as additional topics that form part of project management of a construction contract.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love by Cal Newport

 

Samantha Thomas a HardHat Professional who works for Ntokozweni Commercial Development, where her primary responsibility is private sales: co-ordinating the bond, sales, conveyancing and administration teams. She has recommend the book below and she shares why this book can assist young HardHat Professionals advance in their careers.

 

“This book is not specifically targeted at HardHat Professionals, but has a lot to offer. Its about learning skills and gaining experience that makes you better at your job. I feel that people (students in particular) entering the workforce have unrealistic expectations about work and feelings of entitlement. We (millennials) are not special butterflies waiting for the world to discover our brilliance. If we want to succeed, we need to work for it.”

Construction Project Management by Paul Netscher

This book is filled with practical ideas, tips and insights gained from Paul’s 30 years of construction experience. They could provide the key to completing your project safely, profitably, on time, with the required quality, and, with a happy client.Paul’s laid back writing style makes the book easy to read.

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