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3 Lessons for Construction Leaders from Last Night’s Super Bowl

The Super Bowl was epic! The underdog Philadelphia Eagles took down the NFL’s “evil empire”, the New England Patriots.

The game featured incredible plays:

Asked about this play after the game, the Eagles Head Coach, Doug Pederson said:
“I trust my players, I trust my coaches and I trust my instincts. I trust everything I’m doing, and I want to maintain that aggressiveness. In games like this, against a great opponent, you have to make those tough decisions that way and keep yourself aggressive.”

Three lessons for construction leaders stand out:

Trust Your People
The Eagles had practiced this play multiple times in the runup to the Super Bowl, and based on the preparation Doug Pederson was confident that his players could execute the play, and his confidence gave his players confidence.

Jason Kelce, the Eagles center said: “Unbelievable fourth-down call. [Coach] told us before the game he was going to stay aggressive, and when that call came in, I can’t tell you how excited everybody in the huddle was.”

Your job as a leader is to train your people how to bid, plan, and build the work. Prepare them for success, put them in situations to succeed, and then let them go to work. Your trust will give them great confidence in you and in themselves.

Trust Your Instincts

Doug Pederson is an NFL lifer. He was a mediocre player but has excelled as a coach. He has years of experience, playing, studying and coaching football. This practical knowledge shapes his instincts and informs his decisions.

You have experience. You know how to build a profitable project. At times you don’t have perfect information, and you aren’t guaranteed success, but you must make a decision. Draw upon your years of experience, stored up in your instincts, and make a call.

Stay Aggressive

Pederson was coaching the biggest game of his life. He was under incredible pressure, and it would have been easy for him to succumb to the pressure and become timid. Instead, he stayed aggressive, and he was rewarded.

The best construction leaders don’t let things happen to them. They are proactive and stay ahead of the curve in terms of project planning and execution. They don’t let issues fester.

If you think a project is struggling, it probably is. Stay aggressive, pick up the phone or drive out to the job site, and have the necessary conversations to keep things on track.

Running a construction company, division or project is not easy. So take instruction from where ever you can find it. Trust your people, trust your instincts, and stay aggressive.

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