The army was my very first job – I signed up on 12 May 1995 in Brisbane, Australia, while still at university and, excluding a brief hiatus for a few years, am still serving as a reservist. Understandably, the military has been a big influence on almost every aspect of my life. Now, running Voyage Control, it is very easy to see some of the parallels between military and civilian life, as well as some of the value that can be brought to bear as a result of my service in uniform. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few of these below!
When I went to Afghanistan with the Grenadier Guards back in 2009, our commanding officer told us how important it was to delegate until you feel uncomfortable, and then delegate some more! The point of the lesson is that it is important to be able to trust your team with information and help them to make decisions for themselves. Not only does it stop the need for wasteful micromanagement, but also helps to foster a learning environment where people can develop their leadership skills.
Remembrance Sunday in front our Regimental War Memorial in London in 2015 (that’s me in the middle)
It is seen as a key element of combat power. How we work together in an army unit can mean the difference between life or death in a combat environment. Team performance and company culture is similarly important in the construction industry, and central to this is how we value and support those we work with. Construction is high risk too, so trust and team cohesion are really important!
Common Operating Picture:
A common operating picture allows soldiers to get real-time awareness of what’s happening around them – it’s a massive force multiplier in helping us to defeat our enemies. This is all about getting information to the right people at the right time. This is what the likes of Procore, Rhumbix, and Voyage Control do; we help to digitize information related to construction sites so that your teams can work faster and smarter!