Management Education

Emerging Leader

A program for those moving into higher level leadership roles, from working in the business to working on the business

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Program Overview

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.

Emerging Leader Registration

The Emerging Leader program consists of 13 sessions during a year-long period.

NEW START DATE – Program begins December 4, 2019.

Registration Deadline: November 20, 2019.

Class Times:
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

$2,800 for the first registrant from an ABC-member company
$2,600 for each additional registrant.

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. 

Course Outline

Day 1

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

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.

Day 3

Day 3 – 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.

Days 4-5

Days 4-5 – 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 6

Day 6 – 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 7

Day 7 – 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 8

Day 8 – 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 9

Day 9 – Aligning Ethics, Integrity & Human Relations

This section will provide scenario-based training on ethics, integrity and honesty as it relates to company manager.

Day 10

Day 10 – 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.

Days 11-12

Days 11-12 – Company Culture & Employee Engagement, Human Resources Conference & Graduation

(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 choose from a wide variety of HR topics.

Emerging Leader

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