The Ultimate Trades Guide

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Ultimate Trades Guide

A Trade as defined on our platform is the commodity, goods or services that your company
provides.

Leads 2 Business provides a platform where you can get listed and specify your trades on our comprehensive Directory of Clients, Professionals, Contractors and Suppliers.

Why wait for business?

Present opportunities for your company, with a trade specific approach to new business, engage with Buyers who are looking for services or products within your scope of work.

 

Contractors

Are you looking for the following?

  • Bill of Quantities converted and coded according to distinct trades which are then system generated to formulate a Request for Quote (RfQ).
  • Effortless, fast, online communication between Contractors and Suppliers using our electronic pricing enquiry platform.
  • The ability to select from our database of suppliers and send trade and region specific Request for Quotes (RfQ).
  • A dedicated support team that will assist in the progress of your quotations.

RFQ System

Suppliers

  • Take an active approach and generate new business, get listed on our extensive Directory.
  • Define your scope of business, list your products, trades, services and serviceable regions.
  • Gain access to Bills that match your trades and serviceable areas.
  • Become a preferred supplier.
  • Respond to contractors directly using our unique and remarkable online pricing platform.
  • Get alerts on awarded contracts
  • Give your business the edge, an extraordinary user friendly platform, used extensively in the construction industry that could open your business up to dynamic prospects.

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The Art of Delegation

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The Art of Delegation

Great Leaders Perfect The Art Of Delegation

Delegation is the act of empowering others to accomplish a task, it is a core or critical skill all leaders must have to be successful, delegation may be one of the most fundamental managerial skills, a great leader possesses the ability to enable through delegation to get things done. Good delegation gets great results if you are delegating effectively.

Managing is all about building a team. if you are going to build a team, your team members must be engaged in moving the team forward. That means giving the team meaningful work, giving team members enough room to take on that work on their own (or with their own team), and holding them accountable for the outcomes, in other words, it means effective delegation.

When you lead others, it is important to know that there is an art to delegating, if done correctly, you will find that your staff is more productive and happier as a result. When your people know you trust them enough to delegate an important task, it boosts their motivation to get the job done. Good delegation not only gets results but also increases the capabilities of the team.

Delegation is a key skill for all leaders, and necessary for any person wanting to get ahead. If you ever feel stressed and overwhelmed or feel as though your career or business has become stagnate, then it’s time to sharpen those delegation skills.

Here are A few tips to master the art of delegation:

  • Leaders sometimes view planning as a hindrance to getting their best work done, but planning to delegate is an investment in your people, your company’s culture, and in your business.
  • Contribute both positive and negative feedback so the person you’re giving responsibility to will understand what he or she is doing well and how they need to improve. The exceptional performance will likely continue if it is acknowledged and rewarded.
  • Monitoring the work of people will both motivate them and help identify problems areas.
  • A delegated task must be accompanied by a delegation of authority–that is, the power and resources to get the job done.
  • When assigning a task, consider each person’s demonstrated skill, interest in the task, and current workload. Know his or her record of success on similar assignments–how they work with others, when they operate best, and how well they work under pressure.
  • Set clear expectations, make sure the goals are specific, attainable, relevant, and measurable.
  • Briefing- take the time to explain to your people why they were chosen for the task and be clear in your expectations of them.
  • Give details about what exactly needs doing by when including any flexibility there is.
  • Make sure the result you are looking to achieve and how the task fits into the wider picture is understood. What difference will the outcome make?
  • Define the decision-making processes. What can the staff member decide, and when should they defer to you? Clarity on authority is essential.
  • Find out how they feel about the task. Are they happy to rise to the challenge? Do they have any fears or concerns?
  • Say when you need progress reports and agree on how monitoring will occur.
  • Delegating effectively is a balancing act. You have a set of requirements, the staff member requires instructions they can understand, support, the authority to proceed and confidence.

Sometimes you may find yourself in a space between giving enough room for people to use their abilities for the best possible outcome, while still staying close enough to ensure that the job is done correctly.

Make or break your success on the management path by the way you delegate. The best managers are surrounded by willing staff who are not only able to get the job done but are also concerned about quality and who are prepared to go the extra mile.

If you are concerned about losing control or giving someone else the credit, then you’re managing from ego and that’s never the best way to lead. Seek joy in watching others achieve a task that was once yours, you are giving a gift of empowerment and that is a beautiful thing. Good delegation not only gets results but also increases the capabilities of the team.

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Sources:
Inc
HuffingtonPost
TheGuardian
ResearchGate

 

 

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Safety when using heavy machinery

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Safety when using heavy machinery

heavy machinery

One of the main dangers on the site is the heavy machinery used for various projects. Safely operating these machines is of the utmost importance. Staying calm and alert throughout the day will allow for more productivity and will translate into a positive working environment for all those around you. If you work in construction, you know that working on a construction site can be one of the most dangerous and hazardous jobs out there. Proper safety starts and ends with your decisions and how you conduct yourself.

TRAINING
It is of paramount importance that all operators have identifiable and verifiable training on heavy equipment before operating. Accidents can occur to both the newly trained and seasoned veterans.
Workers should be trained on the proper procedures to safely operate all pieces of equipment they will be working on. Training should be conducted as a combination of classroom and practical hands-on instruction. Topics that should be covered include safety, hazard identifications, safety features of the equipment and safe manoeuvring of the heavy equipment.
Workers should be trained on how to safely mount and dismount and the proper start up procedure for each piece of equipment. They should have a clear understanding of lifting loads and load capacity for the equipment they will be working on. Retraining and refresher courses should be conducted as needed, especially if a worker is observed operating equipment unsafely or in a manner other than its intended purpose. Only trained workers should be allowed to operate equipment for any reason.
Working with or around heavy equipment should be part of your overall safety program. All workers should be trained on the dangers and hazards of working with heavy equipment. Staying knowledgeable and safe with your equipment is a sure-fire way to make sure you’re protecting yourself and your co-workers.
Conduct a visual inspection before use
Visually inspect heavy equipment before each use to ensure it’s in good operating condition. Equipment must be inspected at least once a day before operating. This must involve walking around with a checklist of components to check for good working order.

KEEP THE AREA CLEAN
Ideally, you can cordon off the area with barriers to keep workers from accidentally getting in close proximity to operating equipment. If you are moving or operating equipment near workers use a spotter, using radio or hand signals to communicate, to keep your blind spots clear. This is especially important when backing up. Yes, the equipment will have backup alarms, but they often go unheeded on construction sites due to their prevalence.
Blind spots
Operators of heavy machinery have to be 100% sure that no one is behind them or in their blind spots when moving, even if this involves getting out of the machine and checking. If vision is limited, have a spotter stand in a safe, visible position to guide and direct you. Inform those working around you for the day of your blind spots and require them to make eye contact with you before coming in the equipment’s vicinity. High visibility vests are mandatory on all sites.

 

COMMUNICATION
In all aspects of life, communication is perhaps the most important way to drive results and meet deadlines. When working with heavy machinery, communication is just as important. Creating safety policies and procedures for your machines and making sure you constantly communicate them can save lives and money in the long run.
Stay on top of workers who are not working with safety procedures in mind, and make sure they know about all of your policies.
Be in constant communication with those working around you. A two-way radio is the best form of communication, if that option is not available then use hand signals from a spotter who has been properly trained. Communication with operators should be touched upon at every safety meeting and reinforced by the foreman on site.

 

SEATBELTS / PPE
Wearing your seatbelt in heavy equipment is just as important as wearing one in a moving motor vehicle. There is no excuse for not wearing it at all times. Not only can it save your life, it will keep you firmly in your seat. Always wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, safety glasses, sturdy boots and hard hats.

 

LOADING / UNLOADING EQUIPMENT
Always be sure to be on level ground when loading or unloading your equipment. It greatly reduces the risk of rollovers or sliding off the low-bed ramps. If unloading on a busy jobsite or high traffic area, make sure people are clear of the unloading area and use a spotter to guide you.
Overhead and Underground Hazards
Before work begins on any jobsite, over-head obstructions such as power lines and low clearance should be identified and flagged. Underground utilities like water, sewer, gas, and electrical need to be located by the appropriate department and marked with colour coded paint. Play it safe when getting close to the underground utility and hand dig to uncover. When leaving dugout holes that workers or the public can fall in to, be sure to set up barriers and snow fencing.

 

LOCK-OUT / TAG-OUT
According to OSHA, employers must train and have procedures in place to ensure that before any employee performs servicing or maintenance on a machine where unexpected start-up or release of stored energy could occur and cause injury, the machine or energy source must be rendered inoperative. This includes hazards such as pinch points, attachments, and raised loads. Picture warnings, locks, and tags must be utilised to prevent any incidents.

LOAD LIMITS
Always be aware of the load limits of varying equipment when operating different machines throughout the day. Depending on the equipment set-up and size the load limits can change. When lifting objects with a machine make sure loads are secure with the proper rigging attachments, and always inspect to ensure they are in good working condition. As with most equipment operations, confirm that all workers are at a safe distance when lifting and moving loads. When loading and unloading equipment at the site, make sure you do it on level ground to avoid rollovers when getting it on or off the truck or trailer.

WALK-AROUND INSPECTION
Equipment must be inspected at least once a day before operating. This must involve walking around with a checklist of components to check for good working order. Hydraulic hoses, undercarriage, oil levels, stress points, etc. are all areas that need to be inspected and reported to the maintenance/safety department before machine start-up. Using a cloud-based mobile device to complete a task such as this can greatly improve communication and response time between operator and mechanic.

BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
When operating heavy equipment, you need to mindful of the area you are working in and any obstacles you may encounter. Overhead power lines should be deenergized, or if that’s not possible, establish barriers to avoid making contact with them. If digging, make sure that all underground utilities, such as sewer, water, gas and electrical, have been identified and clearly marked to avoid damaging them and creating delays and more work.
Whenever possible, workers should be kept out of areas where heavy equipment is in operating. Operators should be aware of their swing radius, especially when working in tighter spaces, to avoid hitting other workers, bystanders, or other vehicles or equipment in the vicinity.

ENTERING AND EXITING EQUIPMENT
This one should go without saying, but based on the number of injuries workers suffer each year, but there is a right and a wrong way to mount and dismount from heavy equipment. When climbing onto equipment, always maintain three points of contact just like you do when climbing a ladder. Never carry anything with you as you enter or exit.
Never enter or exit equipment that is moving or in operation. Make sure you completely shut off the equipment, engage the parking brake and release any pressure from hydraulic controls. Make sure to take the keys with you to avoid any unauthorized use.
Only use equipment for its intended purpose
Each piece of equipment was designed to perform a specific task. Excavators aren’t cranes and wheel loaders weren’t made to carry workers in the bucket and used as an aerial lift. Pick the right piece of equipment for the task at hand and use it as the manufacturer intended.
Don’t overload or overwork equipment. Be mindful of the payload or lift capacity of the equipment. This may require getting a bigger piece of equipment if what you have isn’t enough to get the job done. If lifting material, make sure all riggings are properly secured. Don’t try to go too fast when operating equipment, especially on slopes.

SLOW IT DOWN
There always are deadlines on any project, which is why you experience stress to get the project done. Unfortunately, one of the largest causes of accidents on construction sites is due to people moving too quickly. Avoiding an injury or accident is as easy as taking your time, and making sure you’re being safe and smart about the machines you’re using.

 

Sources:
http://www.ehstoday.com/construction/5-tips-safely-operate-heavy-machinery
https://nektardata.com/top-ten-heav y-equipment-safety-tips-for-incident-prevention/

Heavy Equipment Construction Safety Tips

 

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Did you Know #DYK – Women in architecture

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Women in architecture

Women in architecture have been documented for many centuries, as professional (or amateur) practitioners, educators and clients.

In 1980 M. Rosaria Piomelli, born in Italy, became the first woman to hold a deanship of any school of architecture in the United States, as Dean of the City College of New York School of Architecture.

Recent studies also show that from the 1980s, women, as housewives and consumers, were instrumental in bringing new approaches to design, especially interiors, achieving a shift from architecture to space.

A study on experience in Canada highlights the widespread contributions women have made in recent years, developing innovative approaches to practice and design.

Marion Mahony Griffin (February 14, 1871 – August 10, 1961) became the world’s first woman to be officially licensed as an architect:

Signe Hornborg: Signelinna (1892) in Pori, Finland, possibly the first building designed by a credentialed female architect:

Julia Morgan (January 20, 1872 – February 2, 1957) was the first woman to study architecture at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first woman to work as a professional architect in California:

Several women architects have had considerable success in recent years, gaining wide recognition for their achievements:

Here are just a few examples of women who have excelled in their profession:

 

Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950,  and in 2004, she became the first woman to win a Pritzker Architecture Prize:

Kazuyo Sejima is a leading exponent of contemporary architecture. In 1981, she has designed some of the most innovative works of architecture built recently around the world. A list of notable projects include the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Serpentine Pavilion in London, and the Christian Dior Building in Omotesando:

Jeanne Gang is principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, a 36-person architecture firm in Chicago, that has been recognized for its innovation and leadership in design. Ms. Gang’s work represents a diverse range of building typologies, from large-scale undertakings such as the 82-story Aqua Tower in downtown Chicago, which reconsiders the tall building as a site-specific structure, to the SOS Community Center on Chicago’s South Side, which visibly engages with the distinct material properties of concrete. In all of her projects, Ms. Gang explores new creative territory in materials, technology, and sustainability, and her work with Studio Gang has received national and international awards and recognition:

Recent statistics

Europe:

In a survey conducted by the Architects’ Council of Europe in 33 countries, found that there were 524,000 architects, of whom 31% were women. However, the proportions differed widely from country to country. The countries with the highest proportion of female architects were Greece (57%), Croatia (56%), Bulgaria (50%), Slovenia (50%) and Sweden (49%) while those with the lowest were Slovakia (15%), Austria (16%), the Netherlands (19%), Germany (21%) and Belgium (24%). Over 200,000 of Europe’s architects are in Italy or Germany where the proportions of women are 30% and 21% respectively.

 

Australia:

A study conducted in Australia in 2002 indicated that women comprise 43% of architecture students while their representation in the profession varied from 11.6% in Queensland to 18.2% in Victoria. More recent Australian data, collected and analyzed as part of the Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession research project, shows that whatever measure used women continue to disappear from the profession. Women have comprised over 40% of Australian architecture graduates for over two decades, but are only 20% of registered architects in Australia.

 

United Kingdom:

A United Kingdom survey in 2000 stated that 13% of practising students were women although women comprised 38% of students and 22% of teaching staff. Data from the Fees Bureau in November 2010 showed, however, that only 19% of professional architects were women, a drop of 5% since 2008.

 

United States:

In the United States, the National Architectural Accrediting Board reported in 2009 that 41% of architecture graduates were women while the AIA National Associates Committee Report from 2004 gives the percentage of licensed female architects as 20%. In 2003, an AIA Women in Architecture study found that women accounted for 27% of staff in U.S. architecture firms.

 

Progress since 2000

Several women architects have had considerable success in recent years, gaining wide recognition for their achievements

In 2004, the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Prize. Among her many projects, special mention was made of the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati and the BMW Central Building in Leipzig. When awarding the prize, the chairman of the jury, spoke of her “unswerving commitment to modernism” explaining how she had moved away from existing typology, from high-tech, shifting the geometry of buildings.” Since 2004, she has completed many other notable works including the Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China, and the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In 2010, another woman became a Pritzker Prize winner, Kazuyo Sejima from Japan, in partnership with Ryue Nishizawa. Lord Palumbo, the jury chairman, spoke of their architecture “that is simultaneously delicate and powerful, precise and fluid, ingenious but not overly or overtly clever; for the creation of buildings that successfully interact with their contexts and the activities they contain, creating a sense of fullness and experiential richness.” Special consideration had been given to the Glass Center at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in Ishikawa, Japan.

In 2007 Anna Heringer (born 1977, Germany) won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for her METI Handmade School built with bamboo and other local materials in Rudrapur, Bangladesh. An example of sustainable architecture, the project was praised not only for its simple, humane approach and beauty but also for the level of cooperation achieved between architects, craftsmen, clients and users. Several RIBA European Awards have been won in recent years by the Danish firm Lundgaard & Tranberg where Lene Tranberg (born 1956) has been a key architect. Projects have included the Royal Danish Playhouse (2008) and Tietgenkollegiet (2005).

In 2010, Sheila Sri Prakash was the first Indian Architect invited to serve on the World Economic Forum‘s Design Innovation Council, where she created the Reciprocal Design Index as a design tool for Holistically Sustainable Development. She is the first woman in India to have established her in own firm. In 1992, she was a pioneer of environmentally sustainable architecture and had designed a home with recycled material

In 2013 Julia Morgan became the first woman to receive the AIA Gold Medal, which she received posthumously. In 2014 the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid, won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award, making her the first woman to win the top prize in that competition. In 2015 Hadid became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right.

In 2014 Parlour: women, equity, architecture published the Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice, which provide a practical resource for moving toward a more equitable profession, with a focus on gender equity.

 

Woman in architecture have made widespread significant contributions in recent years.

Women’s significant and growing presence in the profession has attracted more attention over the years with their innovative approaches to practice and design.

 

Source: Wikipedia

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Symbiosis through L2Q

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LEADS 2 QUOTES (L2Q)

A remarkable pricing platform that is used by Contractors to send out price enquiries to Vendors / Suppliers when tendering for contracts, which has made an irrefutable impact with far reaching benefits for its users.

 

Here are some suggestions to the two major key players in this highly competitive industry we call CONSTRUCTION:

To the Vendors that receive the Requests for Quotes (RfQ’s):

  • Respond timeously to the RfQ’s by using our fast and easy online links.
  • Engage/negotiate/communicate with the Contractor. Be pro-active, contact the Contractor and enquire how competitive your prices are. This will stand you in good stead if the contract is awarded to the Contractor that has requested a price from you.
  • Become a Platinum Directory Listing (PDL) subscriber. You will be e-mailed award notifications on tenders that you have been requested to price on (so even if a contract has not been awarded to the Contractor that has requested a price from you, you now have been notified of the successful tenderer and can re-direct your quotation).
  • By being a PDL subscriber you have access to our very extensive Directory, make use of it by looking up companies and market yourself by sending out your company brochure/profile from our website, or if you prefer, make contact telephonically.

 

 

To the Contractors that send out the Requests for Quotes (RfQ’s):

  •  Acknowledge receipt of the quotations.
  • Engage/negotiate/communicate with the vendors/suppliers.
  • Acknowledge that you recognise and appreciate the time, effort and cost that goes into submitting a comprehensive quotation, thereby dispelling the vendors impression that you are using their prices as “cover prices”.
  • Use the RFQ functionality to communicate with the vendors that you have requested prices from.We strive to create value for our subscribers and recognise the vital role both the vendor and Contractor play in meeting each other’s requirements that are critical in each other’s successes.

 

So let’s foster healthy, mutually beneficial relationships based on solid long-term partnerships.  So why don’t the main Contractors hop onto the L2Q train and see how your tendering world will change? If you don’t, dare I say, you may kick yourself for not doing so.

About Lola Govender

My name is Lola Govender. I have been working at L2B for 9 years and am very passionate about our business.