writing the current month’s newsletter, I begin by checking last
month’s newsletter to make sure I do not repeat prior stories, diatribes
and / or themes. In doing so this month, I was hit with an
overwhelming sense of gratitude. Not just gratitude for a
successful year to date, but for the clients, consultants,
subcontractors and employees that have contributed to our success.
While I think I have done a good job in our newsletters conveying
the sense of pride every member of Watkins Landmark
takes in our work, I do not believe I have adequately stated how
grateful I am for everybody’s hard work that led to our success.
To all of our clients, consultants, subcontractors and employees,
featured article is a change in our usual format of project based
articles. This month’s article will talk about building a team
instead of a project. The article itself does not have the usual
set format either. It is more a stream of consciousness
description where I want to focus on the importance of building a great
have also updated our Random Notes section with the latest news tidbits
at Watkins Landmark. There are updates and pictures
Jody James Watkins
on the construction at the Fairbanks Ranch Gates and Guard Houses, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church Preschool TI and Alliance Charter School on Broadway projects. There are a few other notes that mention project awards as well as a very important congratulations.
always, if you have any comments or questions about this newsletter,
please do not hesitate to drop us an email. Your comments have
helped shape this newsletter over the years.
Jody James Watkins
CEO / President
Watkins Landmark Construction, Inc.
|(l to r) Jamie Schumacher, Dean Schumacher, Oscar Iniguez, Jody Watkins and Jennifer Watkins at the Camp Pendleton Mud Run
Building a Great Team is Just as Important as Building a Great Project at Watkins Landmark Construction
By Jody James Watkins
There have been too many
books to count written on team building in the work place.
Motivational speakers and psychologists alike have been hired by
some of the most successful corporations in the world to which the
expressed goal of improving the team building environment within their
walls. Major events have been scheduled in exotic locations so
coworkers can forge a deeper bond of trust with each other.
Executives believe that these investments in team building will
lead to increased client satisfaction and an improvement in the bottom
|Alex Jr & Chuy take a moment to use the scaffolding as an elevated dance floor
Most small businesses do
not have the luxury to hire a motivational speaker or book a company
junket to an exotic location. However, that is not to say team
building isn’t every bit as important for a small business as it is for a
large corporation. At Watkins Landmark, the importance of team
building is not just about client satisfaction and profits. It is
about making the work place fun.
|Oscar Iniguez having some fun with drywall mud at the Boys & Girls Club in Encinitas.
Before starting Watkins
Landmark, I have worked for companies where the employees appreciate
each other and come to work with a great attitude. I have also
worked for companies where employees treated each other with disdain and
would not socialize with each other outside of work. While the
choice is obvious on where you would like to work, as a small business,
the challenge is making your company that place.
|Kristian Burchat, Jody Watkins and Oscar Iniguez after a Padres game.
the owner of the small business, I think a great team starts with
hiring people you genuinely like. If you have a job opening,
chances are you will find many people that are qualified on paper.
However, do you genuinely like this person? If you do, there
is a better chance that the other people you hired will like this
person as well. Another question in the hiring process that can’t
be understated would be is this person interesting? I have
interviewed some incredibly qualified people who had me nodding off
halfway through the interview. It is not just conversational
abilities, interesting means that the person you are interviewing is
someone you would like to know more about.
|Norm Testerman reviewing plans with our client Nitzan Reouveni
you have hired the right people, I personally don’t subscribe to any
formula for team building. I hope my employees see that I have a
genuine interest in their lives and welfare. Birthdays are still
cause for a celebration at work. So are weddings.
Accomplishments are always acknowledged. Humor, sarcasm and
ribbing are to be expected. The office is a dog friendly
environment. Our office space has been called anything from
creative to audacious. We all seem to go overboard with pictures
whether of personal events or work. Watkins Landmark team members
spend a great deal of time with each other outside of work. I have
always felt this a very good indication of a great team. From the
pictures above, you can tell that our team likes having fun at work as
well. Like most Presidents, I probably use way too many metaphors
and analogies. That being said, I have always seen fun in the
workplace as the oil in the machine. If you are having fun at
work, things just run smoother.
About Watkins Landmark Construction, Inc.
Watkins Landmark Construction was founded by Jody James Watkins in 2004. Jody founded the company with the purpose to build landmark projects. With
every project we build, we want to satisfy our client not only on a
quality, economic and functional level, but a personal level as well. Furthermore, we strive to build projects that will stand out to the surrounding community as well as our clients. Hence the term “Landmark” in our name.
Watkins Landmark Construction, Inc.
560 Stevens Avenue
Solana Beach, California 92075
Congratulations to Chris
Eagen and Nikki Harrington who were wed in Austin, Texas on April 6,
2011. Chris has worked at Watkins Landmark Construction as Project
Executive for the past 3 years.
|Chris & Nikki Eagen
Watkins Landmark Construction starts our second project this year with Bouma Construction. The project on 47th and Main in Los Angeles is another Alliance Charter School project. This will be our 3rd Alliance Charter School project with Bouma Construction.
|Demolition begins at Alliance CRAHS #5.
The elevator tower nears completion at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church Preschool TI project.
The Guardhouses at our Fairbanks Ranch project are in the process of being framed. When complete, the
two main entrances to this exclusive community will be completely
foundation at our Alliance Charter School project on Broadway Avenue in
Los Angeles is poured out. Kudos to our project superintendent
Rob Woolley for making this happen. Great job Rob!
Our G East project with Oliver McMillan is slated to start next month. Our project team will be Norm
Testerman, Superintendent and Laya Polidori, Project Manager. This
tenant improvement project is just a few steps from Petco Park.