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Construction Crew Supervision

Book Description

In this construction supervisor's pocket-sized manual, construction managers and field supervisors alike will find a concise tool kit of leadership skills to motivate and marshal workers onsite. It provides solid, common sense guidelines to preempt, use, and refer to, as problems arise-from unexpected work stoppages to getting better performance and productivity from all. It provides quality tools specifically intended for construction crew supervisors, who have one of the toughest leadership job of all: managing workers with a wide range of skills under difficult and sometimes dangerous work conditions. The accompanying glossary of common light construction terms and phrases will also be of immense help when one is faced with unfamiliar items and procedures on the job site. The book can also be used in the classroom as a useful adjunct to more traditional texts on construction management.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. To the Reader
  7. 1. On Supervising
  8. 2. Making the Leap into Supervision
  9. 3. Communication: Open Doors/Locked Doors
  10. 4. Processing Information
  11. 5. Transmitting Information
  12. 6. Cross-cultural Communications
  13. 7. Handling Smart Alecks
  14. 8. Bringing Smoke
  15. 9. When Your Discipline Is Challenged
  16. 10. Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC)
  17. 11. Setting Standards: Expect Much, Get Much
  18. 12. Delegating Work
  19. 13. Inspecting Subordinates
  20. 14. Advice from Ike
  21. 15. Providing Feedback
  22. 16. Providing Corrective Feedback to an Individual
  23. 17. Getting Subordinates to Dress Properly
  24. 18. Listening
  25. 19. Asking Questions
  26. 20. Performance Evaluations
  27. 21. Rewarding Individuals
  28. 22. You’re Their Boss, Not Their Pal
  29. 23. Counseling
  30. 24. Mentoring
  31. 25. Exercising Authority
  32. 26. On Being Fair
  33. 27. No One Said It Would Be Easy
  34. 28. Selecting from Among Applicants
  35. 29. “The Law of the Jungle” by Rudyard Kipling
  36. 30. Searching for Innovation
  37. 31. Managing Time
  38. 32. Decision Making
  39. 33. Making Meetings Work
  40. 34. An African Proverb
  41. 35. Planning
  42. 36. Operating During Emergencies
  43. 37. Know Thyself
  44. 38. Manage Thyself
  45. 39. Words from Theodore Roosevelt
  46. 40. Would You Get Elected?
  47. 41. Crew Safety
  48. 42. Turnarounds: It’s All About Teamwork
  49. 43. Measuring Performance (Metrics)—By the Boss
  50. 44. Measuring Performance—For Your Use Only
  51. 45. Report Writing
  52. 46. Presenting Information
  53. 47. Analyzing Work: Critical Path Method (CPM)
  54. 48. Analyzing Work: The Learning Curve
  55. 49. Analyzing Work: Value Engineering (VE)
  56. 50. More on Supervising
  57. Appendix: A Brief Description of the Critical Path Method (CPM)
  58. Glossary
  59. Index