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The people I've met through AGC have helped me both personally and professionally. Every contractor needs those resources and those relationships. If you want to be successful, well then, you need AGC.

Phyllis Harden

Legislative & Special Projects, Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel
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Modules & Learning Objectives

Module 1: Strategic & Financial Management

  • Discuss and analyze industry profiles to determine what makes a contractor different from other business owners.
  • Identify causes for contractor failure.
  • Evaluate a contractor's financial statements and key ratios.
  • Identify management responsibilities for implementing and monitoring controls.
  • Analyze financial reporting, both external and internal.
  • Discuss the difference between and benefit of using various financial institutions, such as banking, creditors and surety companies.
  • Discuss new financial requirements affecting privately owned contractors, including, financial controls, reporting, and corporate governance.

Module 2: Risk Management

  • Discuss the risk management process as it relates to the construction industry.
  • Examine construction delivery methods and risks involved.
  • Review required insurance coverage.
  • Discuss risk financing and cost implications.
  • Identify emerging risk and trends in the construction industry.

Module 3: Leadership

  • Define leadership and identify misconceptions of what makes an effective leader.
  • Discuss differences between leadership and management.
  • Identify different styles of leadership and discuss strategies to improve personal leadership styles.
  • Apply motivational techniques for team building.
  • Develop an action plan to strengthen leadership on a personal and company level and within the industry as a whole.

Module 4: Contract Dispute Resolution

  • Discuss contract disputes and implications on cost, time, and relationships.
  • Examine the differences between a problem and a dispute.
  • Participate in a mock mediation exercise.
  • Discuss litigation and arbitration models.
  • Recognize alternatives to litigation and the benefits.
  • Evaluate the mediation process and the benefits.

Module 5: Leading Change

  • Define four successful functions of business.
  • Examine the role of change and its impact on an organization.
  • Identify six steps of change.
  • Discuss the importance of successfully managing change.
  • Develop and analyze a plan for change.

Module 6: Construction Ethics

  • Discuss the relationship between ethical behavior and success of a construction firm.
  • Identify core values and codes of conduct within groups and organizations.
  • Define components of a successful organizational culture and its impact on ethics.
  • Identify ethical dilemmas in construction and apply practical skills to ethical situations.

Module 7: Fit to Lead

  • Discuss physical well-being and its relationship to personal behavior.
  • Identify the relationship between fitness and quality of life.
  • Recognize how improving fitness improves leadership qualities.

Module 8: Safety Management

  • Discuss safety management and the importance of benchmarking.
  • Examine the importance of safety staffing, training, and education.
  • Review cost and management strategies for claims.
  • Identify behavioral based safety and worker accountability.
  • Discuss safety as it applies to a subcontractor.
  • Identify EMR - Experience Modification Ratio.

Module 9: Reputation & Media Management

  • Explain the importance of working with the media to generate positive publicity for your company.
  • Examine techniques for controlling a news interview to generate positive coverage.
  • Learn techniques to participate in a news interview with confidence.
  • Develop the tools for creating a company crisis communication plan.

Module 10: Construction Productivity

  • Identify reasons for low job site productivity.
  • Assess impact of low job site productivity on the project contractor, craftsperson, project owner and designer.
  • Identify techniques for making the worker part of the overall project team.
  • Analyze models to measure, predict, and improve job site productivity.
  • Demonstrate ways to improve jobsite productivity via jobsite recordkeeping and reports.
  • Create short interval schedules and job schedules to increase field productivity.
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