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Contractors, set your goals for 2014

KendallLaurie.jpgI am a list person. I don’t mean that I just casually sit down and make a “to do” list each day. No, if you’ve ever stepped foot in my office, you have seen two giant whiteboards filled with goals, dates, things to get done and people I need to go meet with.

Obsessive-compulsive? Maybe. But as Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”

So celebrating a new year and establishing resolutions are things that get me pretty excited. The opportunity to set new goals for membership, build an exciting calendar of events to benefit our industry and strengthen the ability of our organization to serve members are definitely filling my whiteboards quickly.

But this column isn’t about me and my resolutions. It’s about encouraging you to set your own – for you personally, for your business and for the betterment of our industry. I’m not suggesting that everyone go out and get giant whiteboards. What I am suggesting is that if you haven’t done so already, take some time this week to set your own goals and resolutions for the year.

With the economy slowly recovering, 2014 looks to be the year for everyone in the construction industry to think boldly and aspire to accomplish big things.

In case you’re having trouble – or even if you are not – here are three resolutions for business owners and professionals in the construction industry to consider for 2014:

  • Make your own list of goals. What do you want to accomplish this year professionally and in business? What are the steps to get there, and how are you going to measure your success? I often find that it is easy to set a goal; however, if you don’t assign a metric, you can never state with certainty that you have accomplished it.
  • Invest in professional development. Whether it is a class or conference for yourself or investing in key employees, resolve to help yourself and your team learn new skills that can improve profitability, strengthen leadership or enable you to enter new markets.
  • Build for the next generation. If your business isn’t already suffering a shortage of skilled workers, you can be sure that it will in the future. With baby boomers retiring and many workers having left construction during the Great Recession, there is rebuilding to be done in our industry. Whether through apprenticeship, school-to-work programs or other means, embrace the future workforce needs of our industry.

If you have not already done so, make your list. Set your goals for 2014. Make a couple of resolutions. And track your progress. Make sure you are following through. At the end of the year, you, your employees and hopefully the whole industry will be better off for it.

Laurie Kendall is president of the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Pacific Northwest chapter. Contact her at 503-598-0620 or at lkendall@abcpnw.org.

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