The 2014 Calendar! Please mark your calendars for these must-attend events!
Join the leading WICA Contractors and Business Managers from the Western States Conference in addressing and discussing the current issues of the industry. Doug Gamble and Robert Bergman will be drafting the "Hot Topics" of issues to be addressed in the coming weeks, please forward any special items that you would like considered. The actual meeting will be held on Friday, March 28th from 8:00 AM until 12:00PM at the Rivera Resort in Palm Springs California. Please contact the WICA office for additional information._READ_MORE
WICA would like to thank the sponsors of the Southern California Golf Tournament for another outstanding event. This year, the sponsors were Armacell, Bay Insulation of LA, Frazer LLP, Ideal Products of America, Industrial Insulation Group, LLC, Insul-Therm International, Inc., Johns Manville, K-Flex USA, Knauf Insulation, Manson Insulation Products Ltd., Midwest Fasteners, Inc., Owens Corning, Pacific Insulation Company, Rock Wool Manufacturing Company, Summit Contracting LLC, Thermal Ceramics, Unifrax Fyrewrap, and Winroc-SPI.
Additionally, WICA would like to recognize the winners of this year’s event. The first place team consisted of Ron Heberger, Jeff Yerkes, Ryan Rasmussen, and David Almanderez. Coming in at second place was the team of Steve Butler, Gerald Cox, Dale Mayfield, and Ed Lydic. WICA also awarded four prizes for closest-to-the pin competitions to Ryan Rasmussen on two holes, Lon Pilichowski, and Tom Glass. We hope each of you will join us in May in Northern California for the next regional golf event!
WICA just released it's annual study of industry hours by WSC local union. The report is attached and shows hours by year from 1996-2013. The data gives a 17-year historical perspective of annual industry hours for each WSC local union. And while the report shows the Western States Conference on a whole is at its average hours, a closer look would show that six local unions are below their average hours, three are maintaining their average, while only two locals show an improvement in 2013. Click here to access the industry hours study._READ_MORE
Several local WICA chapters will be negotiating new collective bargaining agreements in 2014. Those chapters with contracts expiring include Local 5-Southern California, Local 36-Portland Oregon, Local 69-Salt Lake City, and Local 73-Arizona. WICA recently published its Annual Wage & Benefit Survey for the entire Western States and it is available in the “members only” section of the WICA website. You will need to log-in to the website before you can access the "members only" section. If you do not remember your username and/or password, please contact Sarah Hill or Katie Black at the WICA Office and we will be happy to provide you with that information. The WICA regional office has many resources to assist in collective bargaining, please contact Robert Bergman for additional information._READ_MORE
Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to register for the annual WICA Northern California Golf Tournament! The tournament will be held at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville, California on Monday, May 19th. Play will begin at 12:00 PM, and a barbecue lunch will be served on the course. The round will be followed by a dinner and awards ceremony. Member registration is $125 per person, while non-member is $175. Additionally, hole sponsorships are available and a great way to give your company exposure. Hole sponsorships are $200 for members and $250 for non-members. Registration closes on May 9th, so be sure to register your foursome as soon as possible in order to guarantee your spot. To register online, click here. To download the paper registration form, click here. We look forward to seeing you there!
What leadership skill do your employees, colleagues, and peers view as the most important for you to have? According Robert Kabacoff, the vice president of research at Management Research Group, a company that creates business assessment tools, it's the ability to plan strategically.
He has research to back it up: In the Harvard Business Review, he cites a 2013 study by his company in which 97 percent of a group of 10,000 senior executives said strategic thinking is the most critical leadership skill for an organization's success. In another study, he writes, 60,000 managers and executives in more than 140 countries rated a strategic approach to leadership as more effective than other attributes including innovation, persuasion, communication, and results orientation.
But what's so great about strategic thinking? Kabacoff says that as a skill, it's all about being able to see, predict, and plan ahead: "Strategic leaders take a broad, long-range approach to problem-solving and decision-making that involves objective analysis, thinking ahead, and planning. That means being able to think in multiple time frames, identifying what they are trying to accomplish over time and what has to happen now, in six months, in a year, in three years, to get there," he writes. "It also means thinking systemically. That is, identifying the impact of their decisions on various segments of the organization--including internal departments, personnel, suppliers, and customers."
As a leader, you also need to pass strategic thinking to your employees, Kabacoff says. He suggests instilling the skill in your best managers first, and they will help pass it along to other natural leaders within your company's ranks. Below, read his five tips for how to carry out this process.
Dish out information.
Kabacoff says that you need to encourage managers to set aside time to thinking strategically until it becomes part of their job. He suggests you provide them with information on your company's market, industry, customers, competitors, and emerging technologies. "One of the key prerequisites of strategic leadership is having relevant and broad business information that helps leaders elevate their thinking beyond the day-to-day," he writes.
Create a mentor program.
Every manager in your company should have a mentor. "One of the most effective ways to develop your strategic skills is to be mentored by someone who is highly strategic," Kabacoff says. "The ideal mentor is someone who is widely known for his/her ability to keep people focused on strategic objectives and the impact of their actions."
Create a philosophy.
As the leader, you need to communicate a well-articulated philosophy, a mission statement, and achievable goals throughout your company. "Individuals and groups need to understand the broader organizational strategy in order to stay focused and incorporate it into their own plans and strategies," Kabacoff writes.
Reward thinking, not reaction.
Whenever possible, try to promote foresight and long-term thinking. Kabacoff says you should reward your managers for the "evidence of thinking, not just reacting," and for "being able to quickly generate several solutions to a given problem and identifying the solution with the greatest long-term benefit for the organization."
Ask "why" and "when."
Kabacoff says you need to promote a "future perspective" in your company. If a manager suggests a course of action, you need to him or her ask two questions: First, what underlying strategic goal does this action serve, and why? And second, what kind of impact will this have on internal and external stakeholders? "Consistently asking these two questions whenever action is considered will go a long way towards developing strategic leaders," he writes.