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UNITED contents CONTRACTORS

JANUARY 2021

ISSUE 1, VOLUME 227

2020 UNITED CONTRACTORS BOARD OFFICERS President ...................Kurt Kniffin, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. VP/President-Elect ....Joe Sostaric, The Conco Companies Secretary/Treasurer .......Kevin Hester, McGuire and Hester Sec/Treas-Elect....Christi Plum, P C & N Construction, Inc.

UNITED CONTRACTORS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Juan C. Arrequin, Bay Line Cutting & Coring, Inc.; Ron Bianchini, Preston Pipelines, Inc.; Dale R. Breen, Midstate Barrier, Inc.; Bryn Burke, Dees Burke Engineering; Steve Concannon, Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc.; Greg Goebel Jr., Goebel Construction, Inc.; Dave Jordan, Vulcan Materials Company; Tony Naranjo, J&M Concrete Contractors; Jeff Peel, Steve P. Rados, Inc.; Guy Smith, St. Francis Electric LLC; Keary Sullivan, F & M Bank; Charles Wall, Brosamer & Wall, Inc.

UNITED CONTRACTORS COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Associates: Dave Jordan (Associate Director), Vulcan Materials Company; Keary Sullivan (Associate Director-Elect), F & M Bank | Caltrans: Michael Ghilotti (Chairman), Ghilotti Bros., Inc. | Legislative: Rob Layne, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. | Political Action (PAC): Chris Young (Chairman), D.W. Young Construction Co., Inc. | Safety & Insurance: Robert Sabin, McGuire and Hester | Attorney Roundtable (ART): Facilitated by Mark Breslin | SF City Contractor Liaison: Mike Ghilotti (Chairman), Ghilotti Bros., Inc., Miguel Galarza (Chairman), Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. | Scholarship: Trony Fuller, West Coast Sand & Gravel

UNITED CONTRACTORS STAFF

Mark Breslin, Chief Executive Officer; Emily Cohen, Executive Vice President; Tejel Patel, Executive Assistant to CEO; Julie Hinge, Executive Assistant to EVP; Victor Sella, Director of Labor Relations; Ruby Varnadore, Labor Contracts Manager; Lucia Mixon, Labor & Member Services Specialist; Ann Danen, Labor & Member Services Assistant; Dave Jenkins, Contractor Services, Southern California; Sue Weiler-Doke, Labor Relations Consultant; Melissa Gutwald, Director of Finance & Operations; Terese Pollock, Operations Analyst; Denise Ramirez, Online Services Manager; Emmy McConnell, Senior Accountant; Michelle Hannigan, Bookkeeper, Brendan Doherty, Communications Manager; Michelle Vejby, Publications Manager; Marlo Fregulia, Senior Member Relations Manager; Angelica Gouig, Senior Event Coordinator; Eddie Bernacchi, Legislative Advocate; Christopher Lee, Safety Consultant; Tony Dorsa, CARB Consultant

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COVID Spelled Backward By Mark Breslin, UCON CEO

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UCON’ Labor Leadership Statewide UCON’s Labor & Member Services Team

By UCON’s Labor Relations and Member Services Team

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• Welcome UCON’s 2021 Board of Directors • Leadership Profile: UCON’s 2021 President, Kurt Kniffin, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. • Advice from UCON Past Presidents • Two Words that Leaders Need to Know • Agile Leadership in the Post COVID-19 Era

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Empathy In Leadership Welcome UCON’s 2021 Board of Directors

Advice from UCON Past Presidents

Two Words That Leaders Need to Know

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By Mark Breslin, UCON CEO

COVID Spelled Backward COVID spelled backward is “DIVOC.” So, what DIVOC was up with 2020? Well, the answer, among many, is leadership. If there was ever a test of our country, our industry, our companies, our members, our families, and ourselves —it was a test of leadership. The question is, what did we use as the foundation for this leadership, and what can we take with us, beyond dumpster-fire memories, into 2021 and beyond. I think that one of the more important leadership lessons centers on putting people first. Now a lot of times, this is a B.S. throw-away line that substitutes for action. In our industry, it looks more like this: Pay people good money. Say nice things to them from time to time (or not, in our industry) and give them more shit to shovel. It is safe to say that many people wore out their shovels in 2020, and a level of fatigue has set in that is easily recognizable. Alcohol sales being up 32% might be some indicator here, but I digress. The truth is that what really jumped out at me and a lot of other leaders I know is the power of authentic caring. Now maybe that was because of our national state of mind, which mostly looked like a cross between a bi-polar porcupine and an agitated preschooler. That said, it was the leaders who exhibited calmness and compassion that seemed to stand out.

life and moment I am. And anything less might be a disappointment or perhaps a failing. What I learned was that the moment that I showed human concern, I got the best results. That when one of my leadership team took over where I left off, the team rallied. Where my blind spots took me out of the running, and I ended up empowering others to lead, they did so better than me. And these are not temporary lessons—they are vital ones even for someone with the CEO label for a long, long time. The simplicity of it is remarkable. It is stopping long enough to feel the care so they can feel it too. I thrive on driving results. I want to see 5 out of 5 on the Member Value Survey. I want to grow 10-20% a year. I want to grow staff and capability and chalk up the wins. I think a lot of you reading this know exactly what I am feeling here. But all those can be obstacles to “stopping long enough.” Long enough to put our heads up to see the look in our people’s eyes. To lend the words and thoughts and kindness that compensates for the uncertainty and stresses, people have and continue to endure. To lead with empathy and care. Through all of 2020’s trials, UCON was able to grow significantly. We met and exceeded member expectations. We reached new levels of users and added value to the members. Yes, we kicked the proverbial ass. But that is what you are entitled to as our members and what you pay for.

I will admit I found it personally in short supply more than once. As the pressure stayed on all year, I found myself lacking empathy at The truth is that what really jumped times. Lacking patience. Lacking out at me and a lot of other leaders understanding. I imagined I know is the power of authentic myself in other people’s shoes, but I did a piss poor job of it. I caring....it was the leaders who guess I failed in my leadership exhibited calmness and compassion in the expectation that everyone that seemed to stand out. is like me. Everyone is living the

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The key for UCON, me, and my team is never to lose focus on what is most important in our leadership role for the industry: it’s the people first, and they need and deserve the sincere care and empathy as our foundation now and in the future. ◆


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LABOR UCON’s Labor Leadership Statewide NEGOTIATIONS STRUCTURE

As UCON has expanded our labor relations coverage within the State of California, we are growing our team of contractor representatives. At UCON, our contractor members, not staff, develop the labor relations policies and strategies we implement. Decisions are made through transparent, democratic processes. Contractor members, not staff, select the issues and lead the discussions on what needs to happen.

Labor Executive Committee (LEC) – UCON’s labor relations policy and decision-making body. The LEC oversees and sets UCON’s strategic direction for our CBAs, labor partnerships, and overall industry influence.

Our negotiating teams consist of contractor members from our Craft Committees. UCON Craft Committees contain the who’s-who of labor relations and construction in California, consisting of owners, principals, and high-level labor relations representatives from companies of all sizes. We strive

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Labor Executive Committee (LEC) is UCON’s labor relations policy and decision-making body. The LEC oversees and sets UCON’s strategic direction for our CBAs, labor partnerships, and overall industry influence. Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC) is a labor-management group that oversees a union’s apprenticeship program and training center.


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for each committee to represent the diversity of the industry: generals and subs, large and small from every industry segment across California. Overall labor policy is set by our Labor Executive Committees—one in Northern California and one in Southern California—which consist of the Co-Chairs from each Craft Committee.

BOARDS & TRUSTEES

Labor leadership also happens on an ongoing basis through a number of labor-management trusts and boards, including Trust Funds and Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees (JATCs). UCON has been actively placing trustees and board members in these key positions where they can ensure the overall health of union benefits and programs, build relationships with others in both labor and management, and be a positive influence in the industry.

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United Contractors’ Labor & Member Services team is a valuable resource for contractors statewide, assisting key management, administrative and field staff on a daily basis. When you have a question or an issue, who do you call? Meet the team and learn our areas of expertise.

VICTOR SELLA Director of Labor Relations vsella@unitedcontractors.org (510) 967-2470 4 years with UCON; 11 years in labor relations and HR Collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations; labor strategy; labor disputes and grievances; contract interpretation and advocacy; HR & labor law expertise – NLRB, DIR, other labor and employment law LUCIA MIXON Labor & Member Services Specialist lmixon@unitedcontractors.org (925) 362-7306 8 years with UCON; 8 years in labor relations; 8 years in customer service Contract interpretation for CBAs; prevailing wage compliance; labor disputes and grievances; pre-job conferences SUE WEILER-DOKE Labor Relations Consultant sweiler-doke@unitedcontractors.org (916) 719-6073 3 years with UCON; 36 years in the construction industry; 27 years in labor relations Labor disputes and grievances; labor and operations strategy; contract interpretation and advocacy 10

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Welcome UCON’s 2021 Board of Directors

CHARLES WALL Past President 2020 Brosamer & Wall, Inc. UCON Member–8 Years

KEVIN HESTER Secretary/Treasurer McGuire and Hester UCON Member–31 Years

KURT KNIFFIN 2021 President Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. UCON Member–25 Years

CHRISTI PLUM Secretary/ Treasurer-Elect P C & N Construction, Inc. UCON Member–22 Years

JOE SOSTARIC Vice-President/President-Elect The Conco Companies UCON Member–5 Years

GUY SMITH Past Secretary-Treasurer St. Francis Electric LLC UCON Member–33 Years

JUAN C. ARREQUIN Bay Line Cutting & Coring, Inc. UCON Member–28 Years

RON BIANCHINI Preston Pipelines, Inc. UCON Member–51 Years

DALE R. BREEN Midstate Barrier, Inc. UCON Member–15 Years

BRYN BURKE Dees Burke Engineering Constructors, LLC UCON Member–5 Years

STEVE CONCANNON Director at Large Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc. UCON Member–13 Years

GREG GOEBEL JR. Goebel Construction, Inc. UCON Member–7 Years

DAVE JORDAN Associate Director Vulcan Materials Company UCON Member–24 Years

TONY NARANJO Southern California Advisory J&M Concrete Contractors UCON Member–1 Year

JEFF PEEL Steve P. Rados, Inc. UCON Member–7 Years

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— KURT KNIFFIN — An Introduction by George Furnanz Kurt Kniffin is special. We are fortunate he will lead UCON. He knows construction. Kurt’s career in the heavy civil engineering construction industry spans 35 years with Granite, and now Stacy and Witbeck. He has an excellent knowledge of construction means, methods, and materials and has led the procurement and construction of more than $2 billion in successful projects. Kurt’s character is what sets him apart. Brought up by hardworking parents in the farming community of Watsonville, CA, he learned the importance of team and family. Success playing sports and football from childhood to Sacramento State underscored important values—trust, training, and execution. As a field engineer, his vital team experience proved valuable when working closely with field crews to plan and construct challenging projects. Kurt learned the importance of treating others with respect, communicating honestly and openly, and approaching all challenges as a team. This is what makes Kurt special. He knows and values the importance that every team member brings to sports, work, and everyday life. Kurt is well-respected by craft workers, project management teams, joint venture partners, and project owners. These values and traits have served him well. They will guide him as he leads UCON. ◆ George Furnanz is the Owner and President of Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.

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LEADERSHIP PROFILE: UCON’s 2021 President, Kurt Kniffin of Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. How do you see your role as President of the Association? My role as President is to support our members and industry as a state-wide organization through collaborative partnerships with our union partners and political advocates. We will achieve this by working closely with our Board of Directors and talented UCON staff who work hard to support our businesses. What is one of your primary goals for the year ahead? I would like to grow our membership in Northern and Southern California while delivering superior services and support statewide. What is the industry’s biggest challenge? Our biggest challenge is continuing our diligence in fighting this pandemic on all of our job sites. We have done an outstanding job keeping our essential projects going and have shown our political leaders that we “walk the talk” when it comes to safety. What are some leadership principles that you have discovered and executed that have contributed to your success? Treat the craft people with respect, and they will teach you how to build. Two ears and one mouth, listen twice as much as talking. Work hard at creating win-win situations for both sides. What questions are you asking yourself lately? My preferred mode of communication is face-to-face. With the pandemic, I am asking myself if remote communication is equally effective.

How did you get your start? My brother was a carpenter and worked his way up to managing operations for a large vertical contractor. I was able to tour some of his early projects. When I saw their work, I grew interested in construction. Who opened doors for you? My college teacher made a phone call and helped me get a job that lasted over 30 years. What are your favorite questions to ask those you lead? What interests do you have outside of work?—This is one of my favorite questions to ask. You can learn a lot from finding out what people do with their free time. Other volunteer activities outside of UCON? I have participated on several Boards and Committees, giving money and time to organizations that support our community, like Cabrillo College, Boy Scouts of America–Building Future Leaders, YMCA Capital Committee, and the Jean and Ed Kelly Foundation. Getting Personal: Inspired by: I am inspired by my wife, Ronda. She is inspiring due to her selflessness, caring and loving ways. My parents also inspired me. They set an example with a strong work ethic, positive attitude and dedication to their four boys. I’m passionate about: Working hard and fair treatment for all; family and friends. JANUARY 2021

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Every year UCON Past Presidents gather to help welcome the new president and share their thoughts, which are great reminders for leaders everywhere. While unable to gather together this year in person, UCON’s Past Presidents continue to help prepare and empower the incoming President, Kurt Kniffin of Stacy Witbeck, for the job ahead by sharing their lessons and wisdom:

“Congratulations. If I can share a word of wisdom, listen to your board, make sure you elicit opinions from everyone sitting at the table. While there is not always a consensus, the board works hard for all of its members to get it right each time. Please make sure that those that don’t always speak up are heard. Congratulations, we are all in great hands with your upcoming leadership.” — Paul Cianciarulo, Graniterock UCON President in 2018 “Leadership is about listening and inclusion and understanding the value of the collective voice. It’s about leaving people and organizations better than you find them.” — Steve Clark, Granite Construction Company UCON President in 2019 ”Having worked with you on the Laborers’ Craft Committee, I recognized and admired your innate ability to listen to what others had to say carefully. This strength will serve you well!” — Donna Rehrmann, Stomper Company UCON President in 2016

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“I wish you all the best as you take the helm as Board President of UCON during these trying times. You have a great staff that will support you in any way necessary and a host of past Presidents that are always available as a resource. I know you will do good things on behalf of our entire membership.” — Mike Hester, McGuire and Hester EUCA President in 1996 “However, you choose to improve our industry, remember to ENJOY your presidency. It will the most memorable and gratifying year of your career.” — Mary A. Ramos, Ramos Pipeline, Inc. (Retired) EUCA President in 1993

“Take charge of the meetings during your year but remember that you are there to lead, and listening to your board members is key. Choose one task for the year you would like UCON and its members to impact and make it happen! Have fun and allow the staff to do what they do best to assist you every step of your presidency.” — George Furnanz, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. UCON President in 2005


Past Presidents at the council meeting (Fall 2019)—(left to right): 2020 UCON President Charles Wall, accompanied by UCON Past Presidents: Mike Hester, Kevin Albanese, Bruce Daseking, Dave Bianchini, Gary Andrews, Andy Vasconi, Chris Young, Mike Preston, Steve Clark, Robert Spinardi, Rob Doud and Rob Layne.

“At a unique time in history, you are stepping into a once in a lifetime opportunity as president of UCON. Diligence, benevolent intention, and smart choices have served this excellent organization for many decades. At the core of it all is the UCON staff, which is the collective heart of this impressive group. Lead with your heart and theirs, and success will chase after you.” — Ricky Serrano, R.E. Serrano, Inc. (Currently with Walsh Group, Van Ness BRT) EUCA President in 2007 “Congratulations on earning the respect of your peers and the opportunity to lead UCON in 2021. In my experience, the more involved you are this next year, the more you will get out of it. The Presidency may be and should be a pinnacle moment in your professional career. Enjoy it, and make the most of it. As a past President, and I’m sure I can speak for most, You are more than welcome to contact any of us for that additional opinion. Count on UCON Staff to do the legwork while you lead. Again Congratulations!” — David Bianchini D.E. Bianchini, Inc. (Retired) EUCA President in 1999

“Kurt, congratulations on becoming the UCON President. The position brings great responsibility, but the rewards are immense as your efforts will be returned tenfold. Listen to your board as they come from all backgrounds and perspectives and rely on the UCON staff as they are there to assist you. Don’t forget our history and how we got to where we are today. You, too are now part of that history.” — Bruce W. Daseking, McGuire and Hester UCON President in 2015 Aon Risk Solutions Construction Services Group

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2 WORDS

Two Words New Leaders Need to Know Leadership development works. I can say that definitively because for the last twenty five years I’ve designed and led comprehensive leadership training programs for emerging and experienced leaders. I’ve watched as new leaders struggled to delegate, gain the confidence of their teams, and elevate people’s performance. I’ve seen unconfident and awkward new leaders grow into seasoned executives who eventually became universally admired by the people they were privileged to lead. I’ve seen new project managers become senior project managers, who then became division managers, then regional managers, then vice presidents, and then executive vice presidents. One project manager with whom I’ve worked for over 15 years, went through a development progression that eventually led him to taking the helm of a $550 million dollar company as CEO. Yep, leadership development works. When it comes to developing new leaders, simple works better than complicated. Too many leadership authors and experts complexify leadership to the point of confusion. They spend too much time trying to prove how smart they are rather than offering practical ideas that are easy to understand and actually work. I used to do that too, until my son Ian, who was 5-years old at the time, gave me a brilliant leadership lesson. Ian had gotten to be the class leader at pre-school one day. When he came home from school my wife nudged me and said I should make a big deal about it. So I said, “Ian, give me a big high five buddy! I heard you got

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to be the class leader today. That’s awesome. What did you get to do as the class leader?” Ian, full of pride, looked at me with his innocent eyes and said, “I got to open doors for people!” It was such a simple but profound insight. Leaders, in fact, DO open doors for people they lead. They provide us with opportunities that cause us to step up to a higher level of performance, develop new skills, and fully actualize our potential. Based on Ian’s words, I ended up writing a leadership book with simple leadership lessons: Leaders Open Doors. Since that brief conversation with my son, I’ve tried to simplify the leadership lessons I share with the new leaders who participate in my company’s leadership training programs. I recently decided to distill some of these lessons into essential two-word concepts that all leaders need to know, such as…

It was such a simple but profound insight. Leaders, in fact, DO open doors for people they lead. They provide us with opportunities that cause us to step up to a higher level of performance, develop new skills, and fully actualize our potential.


LIVE ETHICALLY: Nothing speaks louder than your personal integrity. Doing the right thing is a lot easier when you are a principled person. You can’t be a leader without followers, and people will follow you when they know they can trust you. GET RESULTS: You won’t be a leader long unless you get things done. Your ultimate result needs to be leaving people and the organization better off than you found them. You get those results by other two word concepts too: take action, make decisions, and solve problems.

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TAKE RISKS: You won’t go very far if you’re stuck on playing it safe. Leadership requires boldness and audacity…and calculation. Learning to evaluate risk is as important as learning to take risk. Doing so helps increase the probability of a successful outcome. DEVELOP OTHERS: The number one law of leadership is this: it’s not about you! Leadership is about growing those around you so they can increase their capabilities and add more value to the organization. You need them more than they need you. Investing in their success—by spending time developing them—is the best way of insuring your own success as a leader. EXPECT MORE: Leaders are in a constant state of unsatisfaction. Even after experiencing a rousing success, they look for more improvement by quickly asking the ever-important two word question: What’s better? Continued on next page

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to acknowledging exceptional work. Instead of fixating on punishing people for doing things wrong, they positively reinforce the behavior they want to see by recognizing and rewarding it when they see it.

KEEP LEARNING: You’ll never arrive to a leadership nirvana where you know all there is to know. The best leaders have an insatiable appetite

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for learning more about more things. They read about future trends, attend industry conferences, and join leadership peer groups. You should too. Clearly this is not a comprehensive list of everything you’ll need to know to be successful when you’re in a leadership role. There are plenty of other two word concepts that will be important too, like Set Direction, Create Opportunity, Encourage Courage, Be Accountable, Practice Humility, Embrace Diversity, and Express Gratitude. What matters is that you don’t overthink the concept. Doing so only makes it more intimidating. Keep leadership simple by focusing on the things that matter most and boiling down the leadership essentials into two words. It works! ◆

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Bill Treasurer is the founder of Giant Leap Consulting, Inc., a courage-building company (www.CourageBuilding. com), and author of five leadership books including “Leaders Open Doors: A Radically Simple Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance.” Treasurer is a sought after keynote speaker who’s clients include NASA, eBay, Lenovo, UBS Bank, Spanx, Walsh Construction, Aldridge Electric Inc., the Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Treasurer is a former captain of the U.S. High Diving Team, and performed over 1500 high dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet.


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special feature By Rusty Sherwood and Sara Tsahakis, FMI Corporation

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AGILE LEADERSHIP—

Five Capabilities Needed in the Post-COVID-19 Era Capturing how the world has changed since the beginning of 2020 may require a Ph.D. in euphemisms. Between a pandemic and a social crisis around equality, the unprecedented level of uncertainty is indescribable. The last few months have been challenging for everyone, and the construction industry and its leaders have not been spared. We interviewed a few of the industry’s most agile leaders to understand how they responded to what they call the “Great Fog of 2020.” Our goal was to uncover how they adapted to the new normal. We were also curious about their experiences or, more specifically, about their biggest challenges and what, if any, silver linings they could find. In recent months, these leaders faced struggles in various forms, and one of the most salient ones was by far the unprecedented level of uncertainty. “In past recessions, we usually think we have an idea of what’s about to happen later,” says Pete DiMaggio of Thornton Tomasetti. “This time, we really have no idea. The fog isn’t lifting.” This is amplified by the fact that everyone is on edge, and that stress shows up in different forms. It can be difficult to make sound decisions in a complex situation when everyone is acting unpredictably.

Learns Quickly •

Highly curious about trends and the competitive landscape.

Keeps himself/ herself informed about anything that could impact the organization’s strategy.

Understands complex topics quickly.

Readily acquires new knowledge and skills and shares anything relevant to the organization’s goals immediately.

AGILE LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS Responding to increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environments requires leadership and organizational agility. We define agility as “the ability to quickly and successfully respond to changes in the environment.” Our previous research indicated that agile leaders tend to possess the five competencies shown in the chart on these pages. Most leaders demonstrate these competencies to some extent. By its very nature, the industry requires leaders to be scrappy and solve complex problems quickly. Through our interviews, we found that three of these competencies ranked as most important when dealing with the pandemic/social crisis combination of 2020. Those who demonstrated a higher degree of proficiency in their ability to empower others, lead change and think strategically were the ones who adapted the most quickly. According to our interviewees, quick actions had positive impacts on revenue and the health and safety of employees. The ability to learn quickly and to demonstrate resilience, on the other hand, felt like table 24

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stakes in the recent events—most leaders thought—and didn’t make as big of an impact on results.

EMPOWERING OTHERS If there was one key differentiator on how well a business pivoted to success in this new environment, it was the ability of top executives to empower others. In an industry traditionally based on a commandand-control structure, leaders can’t always let go and allow others to make decisions. But when the influx of information is dizzying, maintaining full control over an organization significantly slows response times. Put simply, there is just no way to digest and interpret everything in enough time to react quickly. The most challenging aspect of empowering others is letting go of control and trusting that leaders will make the right call. This can’t happen if you haven’t intentionally developed local or field leaders to be able to make the right calls. It requires time and focused efforts to

Demonstrates Resilience •

Rarely gives up, even when he or she encounters new, unfamiliar or unanticipated challenges.

Learns from his or her mistakes and maintains a high level of awareness of his/ her own strengths and limitations.

Embraces new opportunities and calculated risks and pursues new goals with energy.

set direction and equip those local leaders with facts and data that enable sound decision-making. Empowering others is a tricky competency that requires many things to be set up in advance. In absence of this foresight, empowerment can’t happen in a meaningful way. In addition to having the right talent in the right seats, the structure must be stripped of unnecessary red tape, and the company’s guiding principles must be clarified.

STRIKING A BALANCE: SLOWING DOWN TO MOVE FAST Don’t confuse agility with impulsivity. While both involve quick decision-making, the difference lies in the ability to adapt successfully to the environment, which often starts with slowing down. With special ops military leaders, the mantra “slow is smooth, and smooth is fast” is foundational to leading under uncertainty and high stress. Several of the leaders

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Empowers Others

Leads Change

Recognizes the big picture, sees the path to getting there, and communicates it effectively.

Maintains constant awareness of situations or opportunities that could require change.

Inspires others by encouraging a culture of innovation, collaboration, high standards and speed.

Advocates for making changes to improve organization and is able to implement lasting changes in an inspiring way, by exemplifying adaptability and flexibility.

Delegates the appropriate level of decision-making authority and empowers others to take initiative. Increases others’ level of responsibility to accelerate learning.

Clarifies the purpose of the changes by setting clear direction.

Creates buy-in by understanding and engaging key stakeholders.

Thinks Strategically •

Focuses on the big picture and makes the best possible strategic decisions by relying on a balance of data, experience and intuition.

Maintains constant awareness of industry trends so that strategy can be promptly adapted when needed.

Encourages innovation and risk-taking to solve business problems and respond to environmental shifts.

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interviewed highlighted the importance of slowing down to fully understand the situation and its implications on their businesses. It’s difficult to slow down during normal times, but it feels quasi-impossible to do so during times of crisis. It seems absurd for leaders to spend several hours thinking every day, when there is so much to do. However, there are tremendous benefits in taking time to just think. What we also found is that despite flexing significantly, leaders interviewed kept one thing unchanged: their company’s core.

how can you start investing in the development and strengthening of these critical competencies?

Set the Stage for Empowerment. Do you have leaders who are empowered to make decisions? If not, start exposing them to strategic discussions and make sure they clearly understand the vision. Establish a way to share data with all your leaders. If they’re equipped with the right data, they can make the best decisions.

Separate the Microscope and Telescope.

Don’t Wait to Enact Change. If you’ve been

AGILITY REQUIRES CORE STABILITY One of the most misunderstood aspects of agility is that while it requires adapting to the environment, the core of the business must remain the same. Being agile isn’t about a full transformation every time there’s a shift in the market; it’s about adapting while staying true to who you are and what you stand for as a company. Here’s how you can emulate success strategies in any business environment:

putting off making important changes to your business, just go for it. The current situation accelerated change initiatives, but those firms that were ready to pivot quickly are now well ahead of others.

Check Your Core Values. Most companies

Dealing with a crisis doesn’t mean that you have to bring all business improvement endeavors to a halt. Despite all of the uncertainty, one thing that we can be sure about is that the likelihood of future black swan events like COVID-19 is high. Nothing keeps us from building our agility today so that we’re able to fend off future instances more effectively. ◆

Evaluate and Invest in Your Bench of Agile Leaders. Review the five agile competencies and

Rusty Sherwood is a principal with FMI’s Leadership & Organizational Development practice. He can be reached at rsherwood@fminet.com; Sara Maude Tsahakis, Psy.D., is a consultant with FMI’s Leadership & Organizational Development practice. She can be reached at stsahakis@fminet. com. For the full article, including the leaders who contributed to the content, visit www.fminet.com/blog.

have core values, but they’re not always useful. Evaluate yours, confirm their authenticity and start reinforcing them. Take a hard look at your recent decisions—are they in line with your values? If not, the values are either not the right ones or not integrated in decision processes.

take a hard look at your bench of leaders across the company. Do they possess at least some of these behaviors? Are these behaviors evenly distributed across managers and leaders in the company? And

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UCON JANUARY ANNIVERSARIES United Contractors would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the following companies who are celebrating their anniversary of membership with our organization in January:

46 YEARS – 1975 Associate Member: R.C. Fischer & Co. Dennis Sewell

40 YEARS – 1981 Associate Member: Papé Machinery Benjamin Harrison

38 YEARS – 1983

Associate Member: Trench Plate Rental Co. Chris Musser

31 YEARS – 1990 Associate Member: Bay Area Barricade Service, Inc. Craig Songster

28 YEARS – 1993

Talus Construction, Inc. Sharon Alberts

Associate Member: Jifco, Inc. Jay Forni Jr.

Associate Member: JHS CPAs, LLP Jim Kepke

27 YEARS – 1994

24 YEARS – 1997

Contractor Members: RGW Construction, Inc. Bill Stewart

Contractor Members: Pacific States Environmental Contractors, Inc. Bob McCarrick Viking Drillers, Inc. Sherry Montoya

Associate Member: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (America) Inc. Wayne Settle

23 YEARS – 1998 Contractor Member: Viking Construction Company Randy Jenco

22 YEARS – 1999 Contractor Members: Farwest Safety, Inc. John Ashe Performance Equipment, Inc. Chris Young

21 YEARS – 2000 Contractor Member: Ray’s Electric Greg Gruendl

17 YEARS – 2004

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15 YEARS – 2006 Contractor Members: Midstate Barrier, Inc. Dale Breen Robert A. Bothman Construction Brian Bothman

13 YEARS – 2008 Contractor Members: Fermin Sierra Construction, Inc. Francisco Sierra SpenCon Construction, Inc. Steve Stahl Associate Member: Old Republic Contractors Insurance Group Cary Chao

12 YEARS – 2009 Contractor Member: Graniterock Paul Cianciarulo

11 YEARS – 2010 Contractor Member: ABSL Construction Luis Allende

Associate Member: National Trench Safety, LLC Dan Dutcher

9 YEARS – 2012

Contractor Members: Anvil Builders Alan Guy Mozingo Construction, Inc. Phil Gianfortone


5 YEARS – 2016

Contractor Member: D-Line Constructors, Inc. Matt Certa Associate Member: TYS, LLP Tobin Moon

7 YEARS – 2014

Associate Members: Cal Safety, Inc. Kevin Karrick

6 YEARS – 2015

Contractor Member: Cratus, Inc. Liam Finnegan

BrightView Landscape Development, Inc. Skip Stevens Gonsalves & Santucci, Inc. dba The Conco Companies Joe Sostaric PMK Contractors, LLC Eric Sheppard

Heritage Bank of Commerce Wendy Talamantes

Nor-Cal Concrete, Inc. Joe Ardave

3 YEARS – 2018

Contractor Member: Power One LLC Jason Cline

2 YEARS – 2019

Contractor Members: C&N Reinforcing, Inc. Juan Perez

Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation Luis Lester

Outcast Engineering Inc. David Coakley

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UCON’s Regulatory Reminder What You Need to Know: Q1 2021

United Contractors is committed to helping our members meet the regulatory & safety requirements. We actively represent your interests and can help you navigate through planning and compliance issues.

CARB OFF ROAD REPORTING: DUE BY MARCH 1ST CARB emails reporting reminders to all registered fleets. A portion of this typical email reminder notice is noted in italics below—check your eet o u dates and submit ou u ent o m I ou need assistance contact e ulato onsultants

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4. Submit the Responsible Official Affirmation of Reporting (ROAR) form. Electronic Reporting— leets are encouraged to submit their ROAR form electronically in DOORS. The electronic ROAR (e-ROAR) includes a checklist to ensure all required annual reporting information has been submitted. leets who submit their e-ROAR will not be subject to the processing time for hardcopy forms and will receive their Certificate of Reported Compliance on March 1 through their DOORS account.

CONTRACTORS AND TRUCK OWNERS: CURRENT TRUCK REPORTING The reporting deadline is January 31st, of the current year. CARB issues a reminder fact sheet, a portion of which is as follows:

Who Needs to Report? •

e icle o ne s t at a e al ead e o ted must u date vehicle and owner information as it changes, including replacing vehicles or adding particulate matter filters.

ll o ne s usin milea e based e ibilit o tions must e o t the vehicle’s January 1 odometer reading from as close to January 1, as possible by January 31st each year to continue using the extension. In addition, you must re-select the option you want to use. Note that mileage records will be requested if there has been a period of non-compliance and may be for other reasons; odometer photos may be required.

Please note that the ability to select flexibility options is disabled if required information (such as correct odometer readings for mileage-based options) is missing or the vehicle is not eligible to use the provision.

If your contact information is out of date, you may be redirected to your company information page when attempting to navigate to the vehicle information or compliance tabs and will be required to update it before being allowed to update vehicle information.

Note DMV Registration Information—Starting last year 2020, the DMV will only allow vehicles compliant with the Truck and Bus regulation to be registered. We are providing this notification to ensure that you report needed information to CARB for vehicles you own. ailure to report required information or incorrectly reported vehicle or engine information could delay California DMV registration. CARB has had the authority to place registration holds since 2007 and continues to place these on non-compliant vehicles as an ongoing element of our enforcement programs. lexibility options and incentive funding is available for eligible vehicles and vehicle owners.

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UCON Offers Assistance for Members We know the regulatory burden for contractors, most notably small and medium firms, provide incredible challenges and often feel overwhelming. United Contractors remains committed not only to advocating on behalf of the industry, but assisting you on a 1-1 company level. For questions related to your equipment compliance, or general CARB questions, contact UCON’s Regulatory Consultant, Tony Dorsa at ( 0 ) , ConsultingTD aol.com.


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