“Walk This Way”

Ok, if you are an 80’s girl like me, the first thing you think of when you hear the words “walk this way” is the Aerosmith song. Come to find out the original version by Aerosmith came out in 1973 and the 1986 version was a remake by Aerosmith and Run DMC. When this Newsletter topic was suggested I found it to be rather catchy and hoped all of you did also.

Who doesn’t know the chorus to the song?  “Walk this Way… Talk this way, just gimme a kiss”. Well, to my astonishment I looked up the full lyrics and realized that all these years I never paid attention to the words or meaning of the song.  I just liked the music and chorus. It’s a fun song.  Not to mention, recently I got after my teenagers for the music they listen to and they told me they don’t hear anything bad.  Now I believe they really might not!

How does this all relate to the Construction business?  Everyone has a great chorus, right?

Honest and trustworthy builders we are
On time projects and safety way above par
Our clients matter and we take care
To no other company do we compare!

Now we get to the lyrics:

Licensed contractor selling away
Contract signed, permit in play
Let’s send two of the guys to “get er done”
Who cares if they really aren’t the right ones
To live out our brand and mitigate risk
I can fix anything, tisk tisk!

What is the cause of most problems in construction? According to an article in Construction Engineering and Management from 2010 in a study they discovered that Abstract Psychological capital (PsyCap) has gained prominence as an important concept in leadership research. Four factors  make up Psycap;

  1. Self-efficacy – the extent or strength of one’s belief in one’s own ability to complete tasks and reach goals.
  2. Hope- to expect with confidence
  3. Optimism- a feeling or belief that good things will happen in the future : a feeling or belief that what you hope for will happen
  4. Resiliency– the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity

I don’t know about you, but personally this type of thinking to me can be what allows someone to be able to survive in our industry, an industry of and ever changing playing field.  Though, wouldn’t it be nice though if  we did not have to exercise resiliency as often because we had a peek into our needs and those around us to be able to place them accordingly or work with them more efficiently?  There is a tool out there to give you some insight:

The Everything DiSC workplace Profile available through Construction Connection helps build better relationships — one relationship at a time. The Everything DiSC Workplace Profile can be used with everyone in an organization, regardless of title or role, to improve the quality of the workplace. Participants understand and appreciate the styles of the people they work with. The result is more effective and productive working relationships.

With more efficient and productive working relationships you develop a more realistic understanding of who you are and those around you to understand their communication style.  What will this do for you?  Provide you with the first step to a realistic understanding of your self-efficacy, hope, optimism and resiliency measures.

Make sure to check out the quick read educational articles from our partners written just for you and remember we are always here to help you with your business and career goals.

I will be working on getting better at listening to the lyrics verses just enjoying the chorus. I hope you will be too.

Have a great summer,

Suzanne Breistol and the Construction Connection Team!

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