march 2022

mon21mar5:00 pm7:00 pmFeaturedCritical Skills® Live Online5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST Webinar

Event Details

Mon/Tue – March 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2022 – 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Cost is $169 per ABC Member Employee

Program overview: Critical Skills® focuses on soft skills in areas of communication and trust, teamwork and productivity. It also addresses the importance of professionalism and working with diverse groups of people. Sessions are packed with immediately-actionable and relevant content.

Who should attend:  This program was developed for newer supervisors or top field personnel poised to become supervisors as a form of pre-leadership training. It is designed to enhance and develop a number of vital soft skills.

Format: ABC of Wisconsin uses the GoToWebinar platform for online classes. The four, 90-minute to two-hour sessions. Each of the sessions are presented using a fast-paced, fairly direct approach.  Critical Skills® is known to generate meaningful discussions between supervisors and team members.

Workbooks: Before each session begins, a PDF of the workbook is sent for download. The workbook is a tool participants can use in the program. It includes exercises and activities that can be shared with employers and team members.

Session details:

1. Construction Communication Part 1 — Mon., March 21, 2022 5:00–7:00pm CDT/ 6:00- 8:00pm EDT. What is the Communication Model and what could possibly go wrong? We will focus on the communication cycle between a sender and receiver. We then look at how to overcome communication barriers and discusses the power of active listening.

2. Construction Communication Part 2 — Tue., March 22, 2022, 5:00-7:00pm CDT/6:00– 8:00pm EDT. Communicating ethically and earning respect are at the very core of an effective construction crew. Part 2 outlines the behaviors of a high trust working environment. It also covers how gossip, rumors, and how lies destroy trust. This module includes talking to supervisors, filling out essential paperwork, and reading to find information.

3. Construction Teamwork — Mon., March 28, 2022, 5:00-7:00pm CDT/6:00–8:00 pm EDT. Successful construction crews have common characteristics. We will cover the difference between groups and teams. Highlighting team member styles and intergenerational/multicultural teams. We will also spotlights the importance of on-boarding new crew members, which results in peak performing teams.

4. Construction Professionalism & Productivity — Tue., March 29, 2022, 5:00–7:00pm CDT/6:00–8:00pm EDT.  No matter the trade, construction is a profession. This session ties the traits of construction professionals in with productivity.

Speakers for this event

  • Michael Somers

    Michael Somers

    The Construction Classroom

    Mike is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in Business Management. He has over 30 years construction experience as Owner and Manager of construction businesses in Wisconsin. Mike has served on the ABC Wisconsin Board of Directors and was the driving force behind the creation of the ABC Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship program, having taught the program for several years. Currently, Mike teaches several Construction leadership and management courses for ABC Wisconsin. In addition, he continues to travel throughout the United States and Canada teaching construction professionals and sharing a lifetime of “real experiences” in and personal enthusiasm for construction.


    The Construction Classroom


(Monday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST




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