From the editor: do what you know needs doing
Nine years, one month, six days, and I think roughly two hours, is how long I have been the editor of On-Site. And, this, my 63rd editorial, is proving to be the trickiest one I have had to write so far.
You see, by the time you read this column, I will have hung up my hardhat as editor, and some other lucky soul will get to work with all of you – Canada’s nicest, hardest working, and most resilient folks around.
In the time that my mug has graced this page, I’ve had the opportunity to work with all kinds of contractors, associations, product managers, and consultants. The conversations we’ve had on muddy jobsites, remote testing grounds, trade show floors, or even poolside, have taught me a thing or two about what it takes to be successful in Canada’s construction sector.
Without further ado here are a few of the life lessons I have learned by observing all of you:
1. People are the heart, soul, brains, legs, arms, fingers, and toes of this business. Hire smart people, treat them well, and trust them.
2.Technology should be embraced, but not without doing your research first.
3. Give back to the industry. Collaborating with associations, schools, charities, consultants, and like-minded contractors will grow the industry, and your business.
4. Real-life experience is invaluable. Tools break, equipment gets stuck in the mud, and change orders are a pain in the ass. But, successful contractors know there is more than one way to tackle any job.
5. Embracing sustainable construction practices and materials not only differentiates you from your competition, it also allows you to build structures that last longer, require less maintenance, and improves quality of life for future generations.
6. Construction leaders do what they know needs doing. They don’t sit around and hope someone else will clean up their mess, or put the tools away. They take great pride in the work they do, and can’t sleep at night if they know something isn’t quite right.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as editor of On-Site, and am so pleased that my new position will keep me close to the construction industry. Please keep reaching out to the On-Site editorial team with you feedback, story ideas and insights. It is your contributions that keep this magazine relevant.