The Strong Start2Finish Process was created by Paul Fox to address the lost opportunity of leveraging the power of construction team working.
“Very Practical and came up with real deliverables. No management speak which, was a relief.”
Clare Cormack – Gleeds
The Relationship Risk – Instead Of Luck, Try Judgment
Take one major construction project; technical, complex, up against the clock, millions at stake, guaranteed sticky issues along the way.
Take a bunch of people likely to never have worked together before, equipped with blurred roles, budgets to protect, reputations to make, positions to defend, nil training or a hint of a plan in being a high performance team and throw them into the aforementioned project.
If you are very lucky, you’ll get lucky and they will naturally evolve into a relationship of capability and performance.
And if you luck out? Stand by as they struggle, waste energy on internal messes, confusion and conflict, attain mediocrity, plateau and the opportunities float off into the breeze.
Frustratingly, although that scenario is pretty common it relatively simple to mitigate with a bit of commitment and a relatively small investment.
The Strong Start2Finish Process Has Two Primary Objectives:
- The process is designed to mitigate the significant risks that exist should strong and healthy relationship fail to materialise on a construction project, or worse, the relationships become dysfunctional.
- To put in place a formal process that raises and sustains the performance level and capability of the leading players â€“ from project start to finish.
The Benefits – A Sample
“Money well spent.”Project Director – BSF Programme
- To accelerate at the outset and maintain the development of highly capable relationships by 6 months (so the team can work on the project not on each other) that is my guarantee.
- To equip individuals with common generic language, tools and insight that gives the relationship bigger backbone – so that it can weather the inevitable contention, challenge and sticky moments that are inherent in every construction project.
- To free up time and energy to working on project value versus working on internal disagreement.
- A circa 90 day cycle of process intervention ensures promises, plans and commitments are kept alive versus just fine words at the project outset. The relationship continues to evolve versus going stale.
What Makes It Work?
The focus is on making the individuals stronger, more capable and informed players so they make a bigger contribution to the relationships. Rather than trying to make a team out of individuals with lesser capability.
A strong start. An initial workshop gets everyone in position, clued up as to how to handle difficult situations and knowing what it will take to make those particular relationships perform. As a spin off it just so happens that through real and relevant conversations the relationship will be in great shape to start work.
Momentum. It’s all about implementation. On a circa 90 day cycle after the initial workshop, we reconvene the key players to make sure they and their commitments are on track and course correct as required. Little niggles in the team are cleared up before they become fatally corrosive.
Paul Fox is not just a facilitator. The added value here is that he is a trained, active performance coach who specializes in relationship productivity and executive leadership. He will be disarmingly frank in keeping things on track and holding people to their promises. He will not lose sight of the end goal and promises – even if the team sometimes does.