This article outlines 10 bits of wisdom that can improve management of the construction process. They include the following: you are hired for your technical skills, fired for lack of people skills, and promoted for leadership and management skills; keep the construction model simple; relationships between players are always changing, and sensitivity to people is critical to success; a "fireman type" management style is dangerous; read "Construction Contractors' Survival Guide" by Tom Schleifer; the reason for switching contractors is 15% for a better product, 15% for better cost, and 70% for people nicer to deal with; a "knowledge worker" requires current construction skills, people skills, computer literacy, and the ability to move from job to job; essential areas of expertise need to be identified at the start of a project and responsibilities assigned to the owner and/or contractor; be aware of your relationships with your workers; and know yourself and your own management style.


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  • Accession Number: 00767776
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: NSC 86-2621-P-006-028
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 21 1999 12:00AM