Design changes on construction projects are emotional!

Imagine Engineering director Nick Francis has been working with the Institution of Structural Engineers to develop and deliver design change management training for Laing O’Rourke. The training starts with the unlikely question “how do design changes make you feel?”.

During the training we draw on David Rock’s brilliant SCARF model to understand how emotional triggers can inhibit innovation, collaboration and sound decision making. This appreciation of human behaviours can directly improve the management of design changes during construction projects.

Follow the link to find out more about the SCARF model:

Leading through the COVID crisis: Masterclass for built-environment professionals

On Thursday 24th June, Imagine Engineering are teaming up with Constructivist to run a crisis leadership masterclass, specifically tailored to the needs of construction professionals navigating the COVID 19 crisis.

This training session draws on Imagine Engineering’s extensive experience of military crisis leadership, combined with key industry insight from our work developing high-functioning project teams. The training was originally developed at the request of healthcare professionals responding to the COVID 19 outbreak, but is now being made available to the wider construction sector.

Book here at a special introductory rate of just £20

The workshops will draw on Clauswitz’ principles of war to identify the ten enduring characteristics of effective crisis management. Interactive group sessions will then enable participants to benchmark their current performance, in order to identify which of the characteristics are their key areas for immediate development.

Short lessons, followed by focussed Q&A, will be used to rapidly explain the key crisis leadership tools which will most effectively target the participants’ priorities areas. This interactive approach ensures that participants gain a deep understanding of their current strengths and weaknesses, and then learn targeted practical skills and tools which can have an immediate impact as they navigate the current crisis.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for anyone in a leadership role within the built-environment.

Find more details on the course webpage.

What have participants said about this course in the past?

Simple clear and well presented. Break out groups worked really well as in a virtual setting it’s difficult to have a discussion as a big group. The communication bit was like a light coming on and this is supposed to be our bread and butter. I think most of our communication skills involve the initial listening to patients but even this we are poor at doing with colleagues sometimes. The 2nd part of the loop was enlightening.

Medical Doctor, attending online Crisis Leadership training delivered by Imagine Engineering

The tools and 10 points were very thought provoking and affirming good to be apart of it with the others on the call.

Medical Practice Manager, attending online Crisis Leadership training delivered by Imagine Engineering

Many thanks Nick – it was an excellent session – really helpful in our current crisis.

Medical Doctor, attending online Crisis Leadership training delivered by Imagine Engineering

Worked very well having one person presenting and another facilitating. Made me think about how to make best use of Zoom. Enjoyed the workshop very much.

Medical Doctor, attending online Crisis Leadership training delivered by Imagine Engineering