Last week I asked what advice one should give to young people just entering the concrete industry. We got some great responses on our LinkedIn page--here’s a sample: Phill Domask, Construction Evangelist I recommend they embrace six core values:

  • Integrity: Engage business opportunities honestly and morally, fostering profitable customer relationships built on respect, confidence, and trust.
  • Collaboration: Promote and maintain beneficial networks of specialists, suppliers, and vendors, creating profitable partnerships and ensuring the success of your customers' projects.
  • Thoughtfulness: Apply contemplation, regard for others, careful attention to detail, and kindheartedness across all activities, helping others to reach clearly defined goals and objectives and supporting project communication, efficiency, transparency, enthusiasm, and effectiveness.
  • Excellence: Radiate spirit, passion, energy, and vitality in every task you undertake, every day.
  • Innovation: Monitor trends and engage research, technology, and change so your company and its customers are able to profit from emerging opportunities.
  • Pride/Passion: Our business manufactures and works logistical magic for the most beautiful, durable, practical, versatile, affordable, available, inspirational, permanent, and environmentally-friendly building material in the history of our planet. Be proud of the fact no other building materials can provide such outstanding long-term benefits and value. Passionately add explicit value for all your company's stakeholders.

Ron Howard, Ready Mixed Concrete Professional Here is one suggestion that I always try to improve on---LISTEN Kristy Kelley, Concrete Enthusiast Seeking New Opportunity It hasn't been long since I was one of those college students, but here's a few things I've learned (or beliefs already held and reinforced):

  • You're wearing boots for a reason and it's not just code - don't be afraid to get your feet in the dirt, walk around, know your job from another aspect than the drawings.
  • Everyone is important, no matter their title. Learn names, shake hands and say thank you when appropriate. It's about respect: give it and it'll come back to you. And if someone needs a quick hand, don't be too proud to give it.
  • Both Phill's and Ron's comments are those of wisdom; heed them well.

Do all this because you love it. One way or the other, it'll show!