FOCO is on a mission to reduce stress in our industry by sharing skills and creating a positive workplace culture on every project
WELCOME TO FOCO
Stress in the the NZ Construction Industry
We are all aware of the worrying trends and statistics in the NZ construction industry. Most of us have experienced first hand the extreme stress caused by staff being thrown in at the deep end on projects without adequate preparation, training and/or resources to do the job properly. We have all been subjected to deflection of accountability at some point, and we have been blamed for mistakes that weren't ours, and we have grown to accept an adversarial culture between disciplines and trades rather than healthy teamwork. Does it have to continue this way?
Project Manager - Problem or Solution?
A good project management service essentially creates a structure and framework for project success, not dissimilar to a strategic marketing plan or a detailed business plan. It is a process for defining the project outcomes, quality standards to be achieved, team member accountabilities, project timeline for deliverables, communication and decision making protocol, risk and budget management and reporting. Most project managers in New Zealand are certified through international project management bodies, typically PMP (USA) or PRINCE2 (UK). While good project management is essential for project success, we have all at at some point worked under an old old school authoritarian project manager, and these people have unfortunately given the industry a very poor reputation.
Transforming workplace culture through quality Project Leadership
A good Project Leader understands instinctively how to motivate the individuals in a team, without resorting to rank or authoritarianism. They treat team members with respect, and they focus on clearing obstacles to success for the team. Project leaders are professional at all times, they lead by example and they inspire people to work together.
At FOCO, we focus on providing excellence in both project management and project leadership. This is how we reduce stress by establishing and maintaining a positive workplace culture on every project. We are on a mission to transform the industry culture one project at a time.
Empowering team members through skill sharing
In keeping with our mission statement, we actively seek out opportunities to transfer skills to others in our consultancy role. We hold free workshops for client groups and project teams at various milestone points throughout the project so that the whole team is informed and empowered for confident decision making. We share ideas, and most importantly, we listen.
We provide training to contractors, engineers, quantity surveyors and architects in key project management skill areas. There are many areas of crossover skills between disciplines, the most common being team leadership, construction law, design management, BIM and risk management.