Key Differences Between Carpenters and Great Lead Carpenters: Part 1
Skilled Carpenters are assumed to have the trade skills needed to do the work at hand and to understand construction. But just because a carpenter has these skills doesn’t necessarily also mean he or she has the rest of what it takes to be a successful Lead Carpenter. Below is the first half of a list of key skills a carpenter should have or will need to acquire to become a great Lead Carpenter. I created this list to help carpenters and construction business owners improve their chances of success developing Lead Carpenters and a true Lead Carpenter System.
This first list describes the basic skills and thinking skills a carpenter must possess to be eligible to become a Lead Carpenter. These are skills that should be inherent to the carpenter already, learned from an early age through schooling and practical application as a person evolves from childhood to adulthood. If a carpenter does not already possess these skills the chances of success as a Lead Carpenter will be greatly compromised.
In my next article I will discuss the people skills and personal qualities a great Lead Carpenter must learn and develop.
Basic skills needed to be a Lead Carpenter:
- Speaking: Ability to speak clearly including selecting language, tone of voice, and gestures appropriate to a specific audience.
- Listening: Listens carefully to what people say, noting tone of voice and their body language, then can respond in a way that shows a true understanding of what is said.
- Reading: Ability to identify relevant facts and locate information in books or manuals. Ability to find the meanings of unknown words and use computers to find information.
- Writing: Ability to write ideas completely and accurately with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Also able to use computers to communicate information in writing.
- Mathematics: Ability to use numbers, fractions, and percentages to solve problems and communicate solutions.
Thinking skills needed to be a Lead Carpenter
- Creative Thinking: Has the ability and is not afraid to use imagination freely to combine ideas or information in new ways. Can easily make connections between ideas that seem unrelated to others.
- Problem-Solving: Can easily recognize a problem, identify why it is a problem, create and implement a solution, and naturally watches to see how well attempted solutions work so they can be revise as needed.
- Decision Making: Can identify goals, suggest alternatives and gather information about them. Can identify and weigh pros/cons and choose the best alternative along with a plan to follow through.
- Visualization: The ability to imagine, strategize and sequence the construction of a building, object or system by looking at a blueprint or drawing.
Be sure to come back here to find the second half of this checklist to learn about people skills and personal qualities a great Lead Carpenter must learn and develop. It will be published in a few days. To be automatically notified via email when new blogs are published simply subscribe to the Design/Builders Blog.
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