How to be a Tech Champion
By Carolina Starin
Do you sometimes feel like the only technology “champion” in your company? Do you want to see more innovation used in your organization yet are consistently met with resistance? It’s worth an evangelical effort to convert a company’s decision-makers because technology assimilation has quickly become a required leadership strategy for winning in competitive markets– and construction is no different.
In short, your job depends on it.
Lack of innovation can kill a company’s culture and hinder it from attracting highly-skilled candidates. So, if you are a tech champ who appreciates technology, think of this as a helpful guide to evangelizing it at your company.
Here are a few common objections you may recognize:
“How does it work?”
Senior managers often think of themselves as the smartest people in the room — and likely they are — so addressing this question respectfully is the best way to engage these wise people. Send your company’s best communicators to explain how the new technology works and how it’s going to affect your day-to-day business. Then take the time to explain the long term benefits and tangible proof that the new technology will have a positive impact on their intricate management duties. Once reformed, these reluctant techies may also be the most useful in finding ways to best implement the new processes.
“We don’t really need that, do we?”
Actually, you do. A tech-savvy work environment is a huge draw for emerging talent. A company that lags in the technological landscape will frustrate and alienate advanced thinkers. The next generation of workers cares about solving their problem with ingenuity and these savvy employees won’t be happy being forced to do things the hard way — without technology.
Additionally, your management strategy will need to change to accept an even larger diversity of talents and interests. Technology will help your employees specialize and expand their skills.
However, selling technology trends will only work against you. Avoid the trends and work through any platforms beforehand to make sure that you’re selling the best package for your projects.
“We’ve been doing things this way for years and it works pretty well for us.”
The size, scope, and complexity of building is rapidly changing as regulations increase and costs to build go up. Risks on large projects now leave builders and contractors more susceptible to mistakes and mishandling. Without new strategies, businesses will not be able to manage their operations adequately enough to secure contracts and funding. Additionally, it becomes increasingly difficult to win bids without the transparency and oversight offered by technological advancement and automated oversight.
“How will our business change?”
Technological solutions often address various scenarios for your business’s internal challenges and offer refined strategies that can be tailored for specific outcomes. It also allows you to address areas open to growth and improvement and better assess business associated risks. In this sense, you can let the problems of your business drive the solutions to delays, safety compliance, or unexpected change orders.
Wherever your points of weakness lie, addressing them should be driving your business decisions towards the most intelligent solutions and adopting a technological solution is quickly becoming the most effective way to do it.