We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.” However, with an ever-changing construction market, this mindset can limit individuals and businesses from reaching full potential. Instead, adopting a growth mindset that seeks continuous education and improvement will strengthen your ability to pivot when necessary, find alternatives to meet changing demands, and turn challenges into opportunities.
Schedule intentional time to learn new skills.
With constant demands in the construction industry, finding time for new learning can seem almost impossible. Still, being open to scheduling time to acquire new skills will proactively enhance your opportunity for growth. This can be achieved through methods such as: training on new technologies and software, attending industry conferences, enhancing leadership skills with a business coach, or exploring budget and time saving strategies with prospective trade partners, clients & peers.
Be willing to pivot.
It can be difficult to stray from plans that have taken months of time and effort to develop, but holding on to strategies that aren’t delivering and concepts that aren’t performing well can constrain your timelines, budgets, and sanity. Be open to changes and proactively seek opportunities to adjust. If revisions must be made, know your contractual agreements and maintain active communication with partners to collaborate in a way that minimizes additional costs, time, and legal risk.
Acknowledge your strengths and limitations
Find time to reflect on and determine your individual strengths and limitations. Then, use this to build a team that complements each other’s strengths and compensates for areas of limitation. This strategy can be implemented to improve team culture, build synergy, and develop healthy growth mindsets.
Progressing forward using the growth mindset strategy will show clear benefits in improved team and client relationships, motivation, productivity, morale, revenue & overall success.