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Where Learning Never Ends
ONE OF MY FAVORITE summer pastimes is camping. Many years ago, a group of college
BY JEANIE J. CLAPP
friends and I began what is now a long-standing tradition to gather at the same campsite
on the same weekend each year. Starting out as a small group of 10 or 12, we have grown
to nearly 50 strong, adding friends, spouses, and children over the years. We swap stories
around the campfire. We hike a little. We laugh a lot. And, surprisingly enough, in this
kick-back, relaxed setting, we learn from each other.
This year, the seven-year old learned a new card game, that speed-based multi-player
favorite, Nertz, all the while honing her math skills. The pre-teen birder taught the rest of
us about the various calls we were hearing. And the young adults talked extensively about
what we've recently learned about Pluto. We all came away from that weekend, learning a
little more than we knew before.
In a world driven by technology and business fierce with competition, it's easy to see
why construction is a constantly changing industry, and one that demands that learning
never cease. Contractors need to stay on their toes and their companies need to remain
at the top of their game. AGC of America and Constructor are here to help: the former,
with its educational courses and conferences, and the latter, with its informative content.
Take for instance this issue's cover story ("Lean in and Learn," Page 16) which explains
the methodology aimed to help contractors cut through the clutter, increase efficiency,
and maximize the value on their projects. By constantly observing, asking questions and
implementing new ideas, construction companies are getting to the heart of the 'cost'
matter and shredding waste. The Lean Continuing Education Program (LCEP) is a sevenunit program led by AGC of America that teaches members the best ways to minimize
waste, thereby impacting their bottom lines. This issue's Construction Corner (Page 20)
profiles Sundt's Jeff Esgar, Sr., one of 60 AGC Lean instructors, who helps create Lean
champions and sends them back to their offices with this game-changing technique in
their back pockets.
Beyond Lean, there's a world of construction learning out there. How will you weave
your way through the Affordable Care Act maze ("The Picture of Health," Page 36)? Are
you taking full advantage of the marketing techniques available today ("Old, New, Tried &
True," Page 28)? Discover the unique challenges other contractors face with their projects
("The Los Angeles Hall of Justice," Page 48) and you might find a solution for one of yours.
Many say that change is the only constant in construction. Let's toss learning into
that mix as well. Learn from each other, from the AGC programs, and from Constructor
magazine, because here at AGC is where learning never ends.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2015
Lean in and Learn
Getting Ready for the Big Ships
Old, New, Tried & True
The Picture of Health
Workforce Shortage Report: Southern Region
Bringing the Los Angeles Hall of Justice Back to Life
Employee Benefit Selections Can Yield Greater Rewards
2015 Insurance Guide
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - September/October 2015