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What is some advice for new construction managers?

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Here are some tips for first-time construction managers:

  • Identify your department's goals and determine the resources needed to achieve them.
  • Get to know each individual's needs, and find out what drives them.
  • Observe your direct reports' behavior to determine if there is sufficient knowledge, skill and motivation for the individual to complete the task.
  • Delegate tasks and responsibilities to meet the department's objectives.
  • Set clear expectations, understood by both you and your staff.
  • Coach the individual for improved performance and his own professional development.
  • Prepare for the unexpected.

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