For nearly two decades, I was a member of an elite group of construction entrepreneurs from the U.S. and Canada who came together twice each year to present to each other and share war stories. That group—the Jack Miller Network—was a place where I learned how to streamline our business procedures and got help solving problems from other general contractors who had “been there, done that.”
When Jack Miller passed away in early 2016, I was part of a group of 21 members that gathered in Chicago to plan the future of the organization. It was there that the idea of the Construction Leadership Network (CLN) came to fruition. CLN was formed on the same principles as the Jack Miller Network—bringing together top construction leaders and their key personnel to exchange ideas and share best practices to improve the industry, themselves and their organizations. I firmly believe we become better contractors by learning from others, and our peers become better contractors by learning from us. A rising tide lifts all ships.
In addition to staying connected throughout the year using online tools, members meet every winter to share, learn and build together. We have met twice in Dallas, once in Tampa and most recently in Tucson, Arizona.
We all need mentors and others to look up to. Fortunately, for Friede & Associates, we have an entire network of mentors. Last week, some of our team members attended the Construction Leadership Network (CLN) conference in Tampa, Florida to practice win-win sharing. The CLN membership is comprised of a diverse group of entrepreneurs, commercial contractors, and construction industry providers from throughout the U.S. and Canada.