Tuesday, June 07, 2005

So I did something today that made me feel really, really good. I never thought that I would ever have enough courage to do this - I mean not in a million bagillion years - but I did.

It all started when I got a call from one of my foreman at lunch. He was finishing a job and needed a last minute detail taken care of by the end of the day. I grabbed my dad, took care of the stupid detail, and then headed over to the site to check out what was going on. My dad all of a sudden gets into this screaming match with one of the foreman and things almost get out of control. Luckily, my dad isn't the kind of person to take these type of arguments personally so things end up cooling off after about 20 minutes. It's just business, you know?

Anyway, so on the way back to the office, him and I are talking about how bad the construction industry is doing and how we need to change some strategies if we want to keep our doors open. That then leads us to a conversation about a particular person and things take a sour turn. I told my dad that this guy doesn't like me, that I don't care that he doesn't like me, and that I constantly have to go around him if I want to get any work done. I also told him that I don't mind doing extra work if it means that my shit is going to get done correctly and that although I'll make the effort, if this particular person catches on that I'm going around him, he'll bury me like everyone else before me. I didn't want to be bad mouthing someone but I wasn't going to stand around and take it anymore. My dad, for the first time, actually agreed with me instead of feeding me the crappy "you should've done this" or "you should've done that" bullshit.

After that, I suggest that I might be gunning for an opportunity to take over operations. He laughs, he smiles, and then he realizes that I'm not joking. From then on, the conversations go like this....and I'm serious - word for all awesome word:

He starts:
"Jack, you can't....I'm not trying to offend you, but it's a man's business and I don't think.....well...." blah blah blah for 20 seconds....
"dad. I see that your talking but all I hear is you shoveling shit." (I seriously said that....to my dad)
"I'm not shoveling.....I'm not......the guys feel that they can talk to me cause I've worked out in the field, I think they can understand me and have like......guy talk .... you know about their wives"
"I don't think so"
"what? what do you mean?"
"dad, they're loyal to you because they feel that they can talk to you without the threat of getting fired"
"yea that's probably true"
"uh it is dad"

"well, I'll do you one better than my dad, I'll keep an open mind......my dad didn't do that when he ran it but I'll say what my dad said to me......it's my company and I'll do what I want"
"not for too much longer"
"well, how many women do you see in this business who are superintendents let alone estimators...not too many huh?"
"dad, no one, man or woman, wants to work in this business as a whole"
"yea well you don't see many do ya?"
"you do now"


If you're gonna come out, come out guns a blazin I guess.

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