The Emerging Leader program consists of 13 sessions during a year-long period. Program begins Sept. 11, 2019.
Registration Deadline: Aug. 21, 2019.
Fees: $2,800 for the first registrant from an ABC-member company and $2,600 for each additional registrant.
Class Times: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Construction U courses are for ABC members only! Learn more about membership in ABC of Wisconsin.
The Emerging Leader program is designed to provide education for upcoming construction company professionals who want to enhance their skills. The program consists of 13 one-day sessions led by top industry experts covering construction specific topics every business professional needs to know. The program will run over the course of a year. As part of the program, participants are invited to attend the 2019 Human Resources Conference AND the 2020 SuperCon. There will also be three networking opportunities for participants to spend time with peers and other ABC members.
Who Should Enroll
This program is for office level employees who are moving into higher level roles, transitioning from working in the business to working on the business. This includes general managers, new or soon to be company owners, CEOs, CFOs, and COOs.
Day 1 - Transitioning From Employee to Leader: The Big Picture
There is no doubt that “moving up the ladder” in a company takes a different set of skills than are required on the job site. Emerging leaders will examine the transitional skills needed to become successful business professionals.
Day 2 - Interpersonal Skills: Know Yourself to Lead Others
Great leaders need to know how they view the world before they can effectively work with others. Emerging leaders will take the DISC personality profile to provide a foundational understanding of various personality styles, starting with their own. Participants will study the impact interpersonal skills have within their construction teams.
Days 3-4 - Company Culture & Employee Engagement
(Location is the Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells)
The culture of an organization is determined by the core values, behavioral expectations and actions of a company’s leadership. Emerging leaders will identify key elements required to create reinforcement patterns within the company culture, allowing all employees to positively affect the bottom line. Participants will learn how to develop and foster a company culture that encourages employees to do their best every day.
Human Resources Conference (Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells)
Each Emerging Leader will chose from a wide variety of HR topics.
Day 5 - Fiscal Management & Compensation
Emerging leaders will learn to set up strong internal financial controls along with reviewing how to read, understand and make decisions based on balance sheets and financial statements. It will examine how to develop a strong working relationship with financial institutions. In addition, participants will receive an understanding of compensation – a critical management component. Participants will review key information on this topic and how it relates to working in a merit shop environment.
Day 6 - Aligning Ethics, Integrity & Human Relations
This section will provide scenario-based training on ethics, integrity and honesty as it relates to company manager.
Days 7-8 - Strategic Planning & Your Professional Presence
(Location is the Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells)
Long-range planning and creating a vision for the company and building credentials are often forgotten – but important – responsibilities for an emerging leader. Participants will learn ways to boost their presence as a leader, both within their company and within the construction community.
Networking reception with ABC members prior to SuperCon
SuperCon (Glacier Canyon Lodge)
Each Emerging Leader will chose from a wide variety of leadership topics.
Day 9 - Construction Law, Contracts, Issues & Resolutions
Understanding construction law and the contracts involved in everyday business is an imperative skill for emerging leaders. Participants will cover the basics of construction law, contract documents and contract modifications. Common legal issues encountered by construction companies will be identified and solutions and strategies will be studied.
Day 10 - Connecting the Dots Between Branding, Marketing & Sales
This session addresses the differences between branding and marketing and how they work together to drive customer engagement and, ultimately, sales. It will explore the brand and the steps to create a marketing plan designed to generate new business and strengthen relationships with existing customers. It will also discuss the power of culture in leveraging employee influence to advocate for a company and promote the brand.
Day 11 - Bonding, Risk Management & Safety
Emerging leaders need to have a comprehensive understanding of bonding. Participants will review construction surety bonds, including bid, performance and payment bonds. The discussion will offer insight on what is needed to secure surety credit along with contractor characteristics and relationships that lead to the most favorable credit. Participants will cover the importance of safety and risk management from a business operations perspective.
Day 12 - Labor Law & Succession Planning
Emerging leaders must know the proper response when an employee asks questions. Participants will review the critical legal “dos” and “don’ts” to these questions. Succession planning strategies will also be discussed by a panel of industry professionals who have successfully gone through the process.
Day 13 - Tying It All Together/Graduation
In this four-hour session, Emerging leaders will be challenged to use the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program. Final thoughts, questions and goals will be examined.
Graduation luncheon will follow in Wisconsin Dells. Employers and families are invited.