Most consultants don’t have a clue As a leader, responsible for a large general contracting firm, I’m approached occasionally by business consultants offering various solutions that they say will enhance the effectiveness of our leadership team. The problem is that many of them
Vice-President, Deacon Corp.
Teichert recently promoted a couple of our up and coming leaders to General Superintendents. I’ve gotten to know Eric through the work he’s done with Teichert, facilitating executive meetings, and I enjoy the way he relates leadership lessons from other fields, such as military history to the construction industry. The newly promoted leaders report directly to me, and based on Eric’s personality and experience with our company, I thought they would benefit from one on one executive coaching with him.
The structure of his coaching process has been beneficial. Our business ramps up in the summer, and when things are going crazy, our guys keep our field operations running smoothly. They tell me that using the Construction Leaders Dashboard framework that Eric introduced to them has been awesome because they’ve been able to put pen to paper, clarify their personal goals, and relate them to their leadership responsibilities and Teichert’s objectives. It’s helped to simplify their focus and anchor them back into what they’ve committed to accomplishing this season.
I like the 360 format that Eric uses. Instead of using a long computer-based survey, he calls the peers, direct reports, and bosses of the leaders he is working with, asks them a couple of pointed questions to get some actionable feedback. It’s much more useful than utilizing a software program, because he talks to each person, hears their voices, and identifies specific ways to improve a person’s performance.
Listening skills are vital to all people in leadership roles. Using this 360 approach, Eric confirmed the need for one of the leaders he is coaching to work on his listening skills. I’ve seen an improvement in his ability to listen, and this has helped him to build rapport and gain respect with craft employees on the job site, and executives within the company.
Eric and I have regular progress discussions. We compare notes on the development of my leaders, and he uses my feedback to tailor his approach in his coaching sessions.
Our guys are making good progress; I recommend Eric’s coaching to construction leaders and executives who fit with his style and approach, and who want to improve their leadership skills.
Director of Field Operations, Teichert Construction
Mr. Anderton, I had thought about using an executive coach for a long time, it just took me a while to pull the trigger. Investing the time in process, in investigating and selecting a coach, and then setting up the meetings, was something I knew I needed to do, but didn’t feel
When I started searching for an executive coach, I needed to find the right fit—someone who would take a genuine and personal interest in me and my goals, and engage with me in a process that felt authentic and custom-made for my company.
If I had to choose one word to describe the benefits I’ve reaped from our work together, it would be “clarity.” Not only have I seen and understood existing situations in a more revealing light, but you have illuminated areas and situations that I wasn’t even aware of.
You’ve helped me identify and address blind spots.
I especially appreciate the specific, practical steps and actions you suggest that I’ve used to resolve any problems or issues I’m facing with the company. The tools you provided helped me address and improve the delicate process of measuring performance and holding my team accountable for their work, which has only improved our results.
Your background and extensive experience in the construction industry make you a trusted consultant and sounding board. We speak the same language, which means we can cover a lot of ground in one short hour every week, and with my leadership responsibilities, time is crucial to me.
I value our working partnership and recommend your services to anyone wanting smart, informed, and intelligent coaching insights that deliver results.
Vice President, Deacon Construction, LLC.
Eric, There’s a lot of options out there for leadership coaching and people development. Aside from cost, I would have been hesitant to work with you if I didn’t understand the knowledge and skill you have working with construction companies. You’ve helped us get organized
, Teichert Construction
I was hesitant to use your services because I was worried people wouldn’t be receptive to what we were working on. Budgeting was another reason. Before were started working together, your services weren’t in the budget, but now it’s something I do plan to budget for. The people
Vice President, Deacon Corp.
To whom it may concern: Quincy Engineering, Inc. is a civil engineering consulting firm specializing in water and transportation engineering with 70+ employees located in five offices. As our firm has grown and evolved through the years, we have continuously looked for
President, Quincy Engineering
Eric Initially I was hesitant to start working with you, but since I had worked with you before and was in a position to afford your services, I made the decision to work with you once again. In using your services, I found that having somebody outside of our organization say
President, LB Construction
Dear Mr. Anderton, when we first sat down, you asked some difficult questions like: What are we about? What do we do every day? How do we do what we do? What drives us? And when you get a group of your leaders together to do that, it really helps people get on the same
Vice-President, Lancaster Burns Construction, Inc.
Eric, As an alpha male in the construction industry, it’s difficult to ask for help. You think you just have to stand on your own two feet and have broad shoulders and pull it all together. Deciding to use your service was a big decision for me, and seeing your past success
President, Telesis Construction
Eric, When I first looked at the fee for your service, it seemed rather expensive. After looking at the time you were going to spend on us, not just the time you were going to spend interacting with us, but the time spent doing research in the background, and then trying to come
President, Seals Construction
Eric, I started looking for an executive coach such as yourself when I came into my current role as manager. I had never seen a coach like you before but was interested after hearing about the services. The only thing that would have prevented me from using your services was
, Teichert Construction
I would definitely recommend your services to others – you’re personable and you get to the point. You’re empathetic but you don’t waver in your convictions. Your approach worked so well for my employees and the company.
, Brock Commercial Builders
Eric, I was originally hesitant to engage you to conduct your Foreman Leadership Academy, because of the cost. $20,000 is a lot of money, but with the size of my business and the cost of my payroll I knew I would make that money back in a matter of months. I justified the
President, Northern California Tile and Stone
Dear Eric: Thanks for all the help you have provided my company over the last year through your business coaching and consulting. Cook Engineering is on track to achieving the highest revenue and profit figures in more than five years, and you have made a significant
President, Cook Engineering