We all need mentors and others to look up to. Fortunately, for Brindley Construction, we have an entire network of mentors. Last month, some of our team members attended the Construction Leadership Network (CLN) conference in Tampa, Florida to practice win-win sharing. The CLN membership is comprised of a diverse group of entrepreneurs, commercial contractors, and construction industry providers from throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Our membership in the CLN enables us to exchange information, share both successes and lessons learned, and form life-long relationships with like-minded construction professionals. The CLN was formed on the principal of bringing together top construction entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and share best practices to improve the construction industry and companies like ours. The mission is simple: Share…Learn…Build.
President Ronnie Brindley, pictured right, and Executive Vice President/Marketing Director Kathy Pigg, pictured right and below, spent three days in Tampa at the annual conference. And, although it was sunny and warm, they were inside learning about company differentiation, performance management, and how to find and develop the next generation of leadership.
Ronnie and Kathy attended focus groups on marketing, business development, and time management. “CLN has changed our company culture. So many of our procedures and techniques have improved through win-win sharing. After 20 years of building relationships in the network we feel that we have an extended family to help make our company successful,” says Kathy.
Our team also learned to master seven actions for ensuring workplace safety. They met within peer groups and listened to panel experts talk about project management and C-Suite leadership. “I enjoyed the RFQ – Questions You Hate seminar. This gave me a new prospective on writing proposals after all these years. I also enjoyed the panel called What Are Owners Thinking? The panelists gave realistic answers to all the hard questions we always want to ask the owner,” adds Kathy.
Throughout the year, we are connected to the CLN membership by a web-based tool that enables us to communicate in forums, share documents, learn about each other’s capabilities, and strengthen our bonds. We value our membership in the CLN because it makes us better commercial contractors, and we can use the information we learn in our businesses as well as on the jobsite.
We are already looking forward to next year’s network meeting where we will have the opportunity to connect with our friends and mentors who share the same values and out-of-the-box thinking that we enjoy. Kathy notes that “We are all smarter together. There are really no secrets about the construction industry, so it’s much better to pool our resources.”