Red Angle
El Presidente

Bradley Hartmann is El Presidente of Red Angle (www.redanglespanish.com), a Spanish language training firm focused exclusively on the construcción industry. Hartmann has been successful improving Safety, Productivity and Profitability by speaking Spanish on the jobsite. Hartmann lived in Guadalajara, México during his undergraduate studies and later earned his MBA. Hartmann also teaches Construction Spanish at Purdue University’s Building Construction Management Program. He has authored 2 books - Spanish Twins: Start Speaking Spanish on the Construction Site with Words You Already Know and Safety Spanish: Simple Spanish Skills for Solving Safety Problems. Hartmann would love to hear your thoughts digitally at bradley@redanglespanish.com or verbally at 630.234.7321.

Leadership by the numbers: What’s yours?

 

Leadership is a numbers game. 
 
The equation revolves around how many people you can positively impact on a daily basis. That is, how many people can you lead. 
 
In order to lead effectively, you must communicate effectively.  
 
 
 
 
 
When an intermediary is involved (you talk to the foreman; the foreman spreads your message to his crews), your leadership potential is halved. 
 
 
Why? 
 
 
The odds of your message being relayed effectively - without distortion or major/minor changes - decreases with each additional link in the chain. 
 
 
Direct communication is best. 
One-to-one.
Me to you.
 
 
But you’re busy.
How can this scale?
 
 
Your leadership and communication can scale when you use multiple modes of delivery. 
 
 
Emails. 
Posters.
Post-it notes. 
Voicemails. 
MP3’s.
Toolbox talks. 
Brief chat at break.
 
(And yes - relayed messages from foremen to their crews.)
 
 
Collectively these modes of communication enable your leadership… if your workers are primed
 
 
Workers that are primed want to hear your message. 
They are open. 
They are willing.  
They want to help.
 
 
That’s a big IF.
 
 
What’s the easiest way to prime workers?
 
 
Acknowledge them.
 
 
As our jobsites increasingly transition to more than 50% Hispanic, simply acknowledging your workforce can help increase the likelihood your communication - and your leadership - will be acknowledged. 
 
 
So what percentage of workers do you acknowledge every day?
 
 
Say “hi.”
Say “hola.”
Say “please.”
Say “porfa.”
Say “thank you.”
Say “gracias.” 
Say “excellent!”
Say “excelente!”
 
 
Or say nothing at all, but do... 
 
 
Smile. 
Throw a thumbs-up.
Give a pat on the back.
 
 
Do something to acknowledge their work.
 
 
Yes, leadership is a numbers game.
But more importantly, it’s a people game. 
 
 
Manage things.
Lead people.

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