Blue Collar Leadership.
Business Owners Only.
Disclaimer: This Podcast is for Construction Industry Business Owners who want to hear the truth no matter how much it might sting. If you’re looking for nicey, nicey leadership advice? Go watch a TED talk!
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It doesn’t sit right.
Blue collar working-class people do not like being referred to as leaders. They do not like talking about leadership and leading. It makes them feel uncomfortable.
Blue collar people are all about getting the job done, putting in the work, and getting down and dirty with the talk at hand. Theory, strategies, motivation, and inspiration are not their bag.
Why is this important to know? Because if you keep harping on to your people about leadership or leading, they will switch off, which doesn’t help your company.
Over twenty years of owning, managing, building, and running businesses across two continents, one person stands out above all as an exceptional leader.
Loved by clients, respected by coworkers, and leaned upon by us owners. Big Dan never read a leadership book or attended a leadership course in his life.
Dan, the man, would have hated being referred to as a leader or being asked to lead because he was just doing his job. The job he loved and had dedicated his life to mastering.
He was by no means a ‘suck up’ or ‘brown nose’ lol. He was hard-nosed and told it like it was. The difference was he did it with the company’s best interests at heart (unless Liverpool FC were playing that night).
Without a doubt, our first business would have never lasted the test of time without Big Dan leading the charge on the job site. We probably wouldn’t have made it without his work ethic, dedication, energy, skill, and reliability.
If you want to build a solid culture of blue collar leadership within your company, understand that you don’t need to constantly preach the gospel of leadership.
It would be best to focus on the traits, results, and effects that leadership brings. Talk blue collar language: Strength, ownership, accountability, reliability, and the law of the jungle. Avoid spewing the typical leadership cheese that most ‘Leadership Professionals’ recommend because it doesn’t work!
Think back to when you were an apprentice, when you worked on jobsites, how you have felt being publicly referred to as a leader? You’d have found it weird, and people still do. Therefore, give this episode of the Construction MPa Podcast a listen, and hopefully, you can find yourself a Big Dan to build your company around.
Program vs. Podcast?
The Construction MPa Program is an entirely different beast than the Construction MPa Podcast. However, it was ultimately built with the same end goal in mind, too:
A) Help small business owners strengthen their businesses themselves via a step-by-step process.
B) To provide a home for small business owners to openly discuss the challenges they face in a sales and bullshit-free environment.
If you want to know more about the Construction MPa Program, check out: Program Outline Page.
Rest in peace, Big Dan, thank you for everything you taught and showed me.
1950 – 2021
I love you Dad. YNWA
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