8 SKILLS HARDHAT PROFESSIONALS NEED TO BUILD TO BE SUCCESSFUL LEADERS When you start your career as Hardhat Professional your focus is mainly on technical skills but that doesn’t mean those are the only skills you should master. There will come a time where you will get promoted, and soon, you’ll be a manager and a team leader. From that time on, you’ll have to learn some leadership skills, or else nothing will go your way. But, what exactly are these skills? Well, there are many things to consider with leadership, but here are the 8 most important ones: 1. Self-awareness This skill is the most important one, and should be the first thing you should learn. You must understand y... »
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“Organisations need to create high-integrity workplaces, because the cost of ignoring integrity as a C-Suite [corporate officers and directors] agenda, is too high,” says Charissa Bloomberg, an Integrity Leadership Specialist and Celebrity Psychologist. “Integrity in all spheres of life is important, but the way that it plays out in the workplace is vital because the repercussions of low integrity are damaging and far-reaching – an organisation’s success depends on it. Integrity is an underlying moral code that compels a person to do the right thing in every circumstance. Psychological costs As a psychologist, I believe that most people have a moral compass that al... »
2 STEREOTYPES THAT PERPETUATE THE HARASSMENT OF WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION Becoming aware of our true self and the impact we have as females is not an easy task. Women need to be bold and fearless in chasing their dreams and know that the construction industry is not for the faint of heart. Women must constantly be willing to listen, learn, and persevere. Women must be willing to have an understanding that you don’t always have to fit in in order to be accepted in any working environment, and men need to accept us women exactly as we are – with all the differences; physically, mentally and emotionally. Knowing what we need to do as women to stamp our foot firmly in the construction indust... »
It’s official! Bullshit is a technical term, but only if you are a psychologist, philosopher or linguist. I’ve just finished reading the most fascinating article written by a group of psychologists on the subject of bullshit. In November 2015, The Journal of Judgement and Decision Making published a paper entitled On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-profound Bullshit. No, really, that’s the title of the article you can read it here. The researchers sought to discover what makes certain people more receptive to a particular kind of bullshit, namely, pseudo-profound bullshit. In specific they looked at nonsense motivational-sounding quotes. Interestingly, the funding for the... »
According to the Mckinsey & Company report titled: The Art of Project Leadership Mindsets play a critical role in the development of ultra-large projects. Good systems and processes will positively influence team behaviour to a certain extent, but success or failure is largely determined by how well a team works together. Team mindsets inform the multitude of decisions and interpersonal interactions that occur on a project. Constructive mindsets lead to good decisions and strong trust-based relationships, which in turn lead to high team morale and excellent performance. Four mindsets that underpin the development of the project from start to finish: Lead as a busines... »
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