“I don't need training, I don't have time for that! Get me a job and then I can show them what I can do!”
I hear this all the time when I recruit small and minority contractors to sign up for leadership/management training. After spurning my invitation, the contractor eventually wins a job, fails to perform, and is either struggling to keep the business afloat, or has quit altogether and moved into a different industry.
I've seen this happen many times and had to bail out many a contractor in my career as a consultant to the construction industry. The question we must ask is, “What can we learn from other people's mistakes?”
Actually, everyone needs strategic training and planning, and here's why.
I recently read an interesting Construction Lending News article entitled, Why Do Contractors Really Go Under? by Dev Strischek and Kevin McLaughlin that provides insight to this issue. Strischek and McLaughlin indicated that a study identified 80 construction firms with revenues over $300 million annually that went out of business or experienced significant financial distress in the past 25 years. Read more » about How to Stay Afloat in a Recovering Economy