The 2015 Calendar! Please mark your calendars for these must-attend events!
The WICA Northern California Golf Tournament will be held Monday, May 18th at the Chardonnay Golf Club. The day kicks off with a 12:00 PM shotgun start and a barbecue lunch served prior to teeing off. Following the tournament WICA will hold an awards ceremony and dinner in the clubhouse.
Registration for the 2015 WICA Pacific Northwest Golf Tournament is now open! The tournament will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at Washington National with a shotgun start at 7:30am to kick the day off. Following the tournament, lunch will be served in the clubhouse and the awards ceremony will be held. Registration fees of $125 per person for members and $175 per person for non-members include participation in the tournament, greens fee, cart, and lunch. Additionally, you can sponsor a hole at the tournament with member pricing at $200 per hole and $250 per hole for non-members. Register online here to participate in the tournament or download the pdf registration form here. The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 1, 2015._READ_MORE
With a few of the WICA chapters bargaining in 2015, several reports have been updated in the “Members Only” section of the WICA website that may be of interest to contractor members. First, the annual Wage and Benefit Survey for the Western States Conference has been updated and all but three local unions reflect current wage and benefit data. Additionally, the annual hours report for the WSC by each local union has been updated and now shows an eighteen-year perspective. By way of comparison, WICA has also uploaded a detailed labor-management survey conducted by the Western Mechanical Conference which includes wage, benefit, and basic work rules for all of the UA Western States Pipe Trades Locals. Lastly, WICA has included a very comprehensive study of employer bargaining objectives in 2015 produced by Bloomberg BNA-Construction Labor Report which shows that wage gains will most likely be in the two percent region and that fringe benefit plans are receiving increased scrutiny as costs have dramatically increased over the past several years. We invite WICA members to take advantage of the resources available through the “Members Only” section of the website by logging into the website with your username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password, please contact Sarah Hill (801-364-0050) and she will send you your credentials._READ_MORE
Registration materials for the upcoming 2015 WICA Annual Convention have been finalized and have been sent to members. This year’s convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada from September 20-22, 2015 and it is shaping up to be another great event. To register online, click here or you can download the PDF Convention Packet here and the PDF Registration Form here._READ_MORE
No one ever became a great leader without first becoming a great communicator. Great leaders connect with people on an emotional level every time they speak. Their words inspire others to achieve more than they ever thought possible. Great communicators are intentional about it, and there are 10 secrets they rely on to deliver a powerful message. Put these secrets to work in your communication and watch your influence soar.
1. They Know Their Audience
Great communicators don’t worry about sounding important, showing off their expertise, or boosting their own egos. Instead, they think about what people need to hear, and how they can deliver this message so that people will be able to hear it. This doesn’t mean that leaders tell people what they want to hear. Quite the opposite—they tell people what’s important for them to know, even if it’s bad news.
2. They Are Experts In Body Language
Great communicators are constantly tracking people’s reactions to their message. They are quick to pick up on cues like facial expressions and body language because they know this is the only feedback many people will give them. Great communicators use this expertise to tailor their message on the fly and adjust their communication style as needed.
3. They Are Honest
The best leaders know that for communication to be effective it has to be real. They can’t have people parsing every word trying to separate fact from spin. When great communicators can’t share certain information, they come right out and say it because makeshift, half-truth answers breed distrust and anxiety. In good times and bad, honesty builds trust.
4. They Are Authentic
Great communicators don’t try to be someone they’re not just because they’ve stepped behind a podium. There’s a reason Mark Zuckerberg presented Facebook to investors in a hoodie and jeans. Great leaders know that when they stay true to who they are, people gravitate to their message. They also know the opposite happens when leaders put on an act.
5. They Speak With Authority
Great communicators don’t try to cover their backs by being ambiguous, wishy-washy, or unassertive. Instead, they stick their necks out and speak very directly about how things are and how they need to be.
6. They Speak To Groups As Individuals
Leaders rarely have the luxury of speaking to one person at a time. Whether it’s a huddle around a conference table or an overflowing auditorium, great leaders know how to work the room and make every single person feel as if he or she is being spoken to directly.
7. They Have Ears (And They Use Them)
Great leaders know that communication is a two-way street and what they hear is often more important than what they say. When someone else is speaking, great communicators aren’t thinking ahead and planning what they’ll say next. Instead, they’re actively listening, fully focused on understanding the other person’s perspective.
8. They Use Phrases Like “It’s My Fault,” “I Was Wrong,” and “I’m Sorry”
When great leaders make a mistake, they admit it right away. They don’t wait for someone else to find and point out their blunder. They model accountability for their words and actions, even when they could have easily “gotten away” with the mistake. And they do it matter-of-factly, without drama or false humility.
9. They Solicit Feedback
The best communicators never assume that the message people heard is the exact same one they intended to deliver. They check in to verify that their message was understood correctly, and, if it was not, they don’t blame the audience. Instead, they change things up and try again.
10. They’re Proactive
Leaders with the best communication skills don’t waste time playing catch-up. They’re quick to head off the rumor mill by sharing bad news in a timely manner. They also give clear, concise goals and directions so people don’t waste their time heading in the wrong direction.
Bringing It All Together
Great communicators stand out from the crowd. They’re honest. They’re authentic. They listen. They excel in communication because they value it, and that’s the critical first step to becoming a great leader.