In this episode, we talk to Chris Woods, a geotechnical engineer with over 20 years of project-related experience throughout the continental United States, and Vice President for the Virginia-based dynamic compaction specialty contractor, Densification, Inc. about the importance of industry involvement and relationships in construction, transitioning from consultant to a contractor, and the applicability of dynamic compaction.
This is a guest blog by Pamela A. Scott
Are you doing what it takes to earn a leadership role at your firm?
A few years ago, I was working with a team of senior project managers (PM). The training program was “From PMs to Business Leaders.” In our first session, I asked them to list the job requirements for a PM and for a business leader. The list for the PMs was quite long. The list for a business leader had just a couple bullets on it.
One PM looked at the lists and said, “If our executive team members were killed in an accident, we wouldn’t even know how to turn off the lights.” Bingo!
How equipped are you to take on a leadership role at your firm? Below are three critical capabilities necessary to become a leader.
1) Network With Intention
In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach, I discuss the life cycle of a great engineering manager and how engineering organizations can avoid stunting this cycle. I will provide 5 strategies that organizations can use to ensure they are setting up their engineering professionals to become the best engineering managers they can be.
Here Are 5 Actions Organizations can Take to Help Engineering Professionals Become Great Managers and Powerful Leaders:
In episode 062 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Anthony Venafro about growing a civil engineering company from day one to 15 people.
Here are some of the questions I ask Anthony:
- Tell us about your background as an engineer?
- What do you think gave Blake the confidence in bringing you into his company as employee #2?
- Walk with us through how the company grew?
- What did your daily tasks consist of?
- How long after you started this civil engineering company, did you start hiring new people?
- Take us through the progression as the company started to grow?
- What made you decide to leave the company?
Here are some key points discussed on growing a civil engineering company:
- When growing a civil engineering company, you’ve got to have good people around you.
- We started off with an 8×10 office space. Within the first 8 months, we got our first residential project, started hiring after that and conservatively grew the company with the work that was coming in.
- Putting yourself in uncomfortable situations is sometimes the best way to learn.
- The pressure started to pick up as we started hiring more people.
- Referrals are a huge component of building a civil engineering company.
- My family started to play a big role in my life, and as my children started to get older, my priorities started to change.
- When your civil engineering company is the small kid on the block, trying to break into an industry, the only way that you are going to survive is if you put enough output, plans, projects, and turnaround as fast or faster than some of the bigger firms.
- If you want something or you want to get something off your chest, put it down on the table and ask for it.
- The way you start off your day in the office is very important. Try to keep your staff happy and motivated by starting the day of light.
More details in this episode…
About Anthony F. Venafro
Anthony F. Venafro holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from James Madison University where he graduated with Cum Laude honors. He entered the land development industry in 2005 as a Designer with Loiederman Soltesz Associates, Inc. There, Mr. Venafro quickly mastered his design skills and was promoted to Senior Designer in 2006, followed by Assistant Project Manager and Lead Technological Group Representative in 2007. He joined SMITH Engineering at its inception in October 2008 as a Project Manager. In his role as Director of Engineering with SMITH Engineering, Anthony managed the Engineering Department and further streamlined the in-house engineering operations.
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success