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Responsibility: Prepare in Advance

Greetings Pathfinders!

I’ve been able to catch up with a few of you since we last met and it sounds like things are going well so far.  I encourage you to communicate with our entire Pathfinder group through the email group “KCI – Pathfinders” and share any wins you’ve had with your mentee, as well as solicit help from the group if you are struggling to connect with your mentee.

This week we begin our weekly newsletter with the RED Code topic of Planning.  We all know what it feels like to be on a job when our leader doesn’t plan and things are a mess.  It’s even more frustrating to be a leader on the team and your coworkers don’t plan and have the tools they need for the day, or dress for the weather appropriately.  In your role as a Pathfinder you can help the new guys learn what successful planning is and encourage them by sharing your wisdom and tips on how to plan for the day and week ahead.

Use this week’s article as a starting point for your conversation with your mentee.

Have a great week!


P.S.  I will be on vacation July 24 thru August 4th with my family out of state.  I will check my emails as I am able in case you get stuck and need my help. Also, our Marketing Manager Leah will send out the weekly newsletter in my absence.


Responsibility: Prepare in Advance

No one gets into the Superbowl or the World Series without a lifetime of planning and practice. Success is more than showing up with the right skills to get the job done. Success comes when you plan for a championship effort from the very beginning.

We know we’ve got to have a solid plan if we want to execute in the field. Construction is tough, and it comes with a lot of variables: manpower, supplies, tools, site access, congested job sites, weather and more.

We know that we’re the most successful when we have the right people, the right tools and the right gear in place before we need it. Planning is a daily responsibility for everyone – from the field team all the way to the general superintendents.

Ask yourself:

  • Do I have my basic tools ready each day? Are they in good working condition?
  • Do I understand the daily goal?
  • Are there tasks that I need help or instruction to complete safely?

Questions to ask your foreman or team lead:

  • What is the best way to complete this task safely and efficiently?
  • What can I do to help the rest of the team?
  • What needs to be finished to get us to a good stopping point?
  • How can we prepare for a great start tomorrow?