Martyn Jones - Thought for the Week

 

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June 7th 2019

Clearly there is much scope for construction to raise productivity through Clients, Designers and Constructors working more collaboratively in a culture of openness and transparency to understand and address the causes of low productivity. This is one of the objectives being pursued by the Procurement and Productivity Forum.

May 17th 2019

Do you find that in a lot of the conversations or meetings in construction we tend to shut down others' ideas? This doesn't help us to interact and collaborate effectively. Try using the "Yes, and..." rule, which is always to start from a point of acceptance, and then you add to it. The opposite approach is more common: "Yes, but...." or "No, but....".

Try "Yes, and....", which is what we aim for in our Thought Leadership Forums. You might be pleasantly surprised by the reaction it gets.

If you want to practice your "Yes, and...." technique why not join one of CESW's Thought Leadership Forums.

 

May 17th 2019

Do you find that in a lot of the conversations or meetings in construction we tend to shut down others' ideas? This doesn't help us to interact and collaborate effectively. Try using the "Yes, and..." rule, which is always to start from a point of acceptance, and then you add to it. The opposite approach is more common: "Yes, but...." or "No, but....".

Try "Yes, and....", which is what we aim for in our Thought Leadership Forums. You might be pleasantly surprised by the reaction it gets.

If you want to practice your "Yes, and...." technique why not join one of CESW's Thought Leadership Forums.

 

April 26th 2019

Are we viewing Digital too much through the prism of technology?

Well, members of CESW’s Procurement and Productivity Forum are thinking more in terms of how it can change our mind-sets, our operating system, our procurement approaches, our business models and ways of working.

We are focusing on how Digital thinking can help create new value at the frontiers of these new approaches; how we can generate value in the processes that execute the vison of our Clients and Other Stakeholders; how we can build new capabilities; and shape an Industry of opportunity.  

Now, how about sharing your thoughts on how we should use Digital to refocus our thinking on Procurement and Productivity with members of CESW’s Thought Leadership Forum. Not yet benefiting from being a member of CESW? Then join here by following this link.

https://www.constructingexcellencesw.org.uk/members/join-today

 

April 23rd 2019

In the week that Sir David Attenborough issued his strongest statement yet on the threat posed to the world by climate change now must be the time for us to change the way in which we consume resources in construction and shift from a `take-make-dispose’ economy to a circular economy by:

· Designing out waste, pollution and carbon throughout the whole life cycle of our built environment

· Keeping products and materials in use

· Regenerating natural resources?

 

CESW’s Procurement and Productivity Forum is adopting a process-oriented approach to address how different decisions made in RIBA Plan of Work Stages 1 and 2 can help sustain our planet.

 

April 11th 2019

In our guide, Outcome Led Procurement: A common sense approach to construction procurement, we quoted Albert Einstein, who defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result". He also observed that "a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new".

Are you concerned about the outcomes of your construction projects? Have you thought about changing your approach?

Why not join CESW and our Procurement and Productivity Forum and learn about alternative procurement approaches that may well deliver better project outcomes.

 

April 4th 2019

Manufacturing has seen steady productivity growth over the last twenty years, allowing the sector to deliver more economic growth with the same or a fewer number of workers.

Conversely, the UK construction sector has seen productivity flat line during the same period, limiting growth and denying the UK more than £100bn a year of economic benefit.

Think about what could be done in your part of the design, manufacture and construct process to improve productivity.

Now, how about sharing your thoughts with other CESW members? Not yet a member? Then join here by following this link.

https://www.constructingexcellencesw.org.uk/members/join-today

 
 
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