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Pick them up during their final doctorate in problem solving

Life is nothing but a series of daily problems that must be solved

Getting the right people with focused direction reduces problems every time”

—Stephen Gravett

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA, USA, Oct. 11, 2022 / — Stephen Gravett offers a suggestion on how to improve your daily life through better “problem solving”.

Problem Solving – “Midway through my developer career, I wondered why colleges don’t require you to take a problem solving course. Similar to why in high school they don’t teach you problem solving. money and the balance of a checkbook. That said, I’m sure courses similar to this are probably offered in one form or another. But offering a BS in “problem solving” would be a step in the right direction. good direction.

Why take problem solving training? Everyone certainly has a somewhat different opinion of their day-to-day problem-solving abilities. Some are in denial, but most have accurate representations. “I’ve often been asked how I got into the home building and land development business. I think one answer would be, I’m pretty good at solving problems. Keeping my head down and overcome all obstacles until the solution evolves.”

When a student is in high school or college, they are quite focused, some more than others. This is the perfect time to teach useful everyday tools that will improve your life. The world has a way of teaching this discipline over time through trial and error so that when you turn 40 (pick a date) you should be a good problem solver. “But, wouldn’t it be nice to have learned those lessons 20 years earlier? Would it be beneficial? I believe so.”

“Take an example from a profession like mine. A builder/developer? How does problem solving help this process?”

1. Talent assembly issues. The developers aren’t doing the actual work they’re leading in assembling the best team of subs available. We can say that the developers are only “job brokers”. They hire talent for a fee to do a small (or large) part of the ongoing project. This area of ​​the development process can have major problems: people not showing up, poor quality, opposing personalities, etc. In general, the best policy is to become an extremely open-minded person, remember to treat people like adults, but most of all hold them responsible and accountable for their work. Easier said than done. “Over the years, I’ve learned that meeting people at their level and being flexible works wonders. Having a well-written scope of their job requirements and a solid contract is key to establishing a performance baseline. “

2. Extreme organization. Once a talented team is established and all job duties are thoroughly discussed, the process needs to be choreographed. Anyone can build and develop a project with unlimited time and unlimited budget, but that’s not realistic. To be effective, jobs need to be done on time and within a budget – no mystery there. To do this and to avoid a myriad of problems along the way, high organizational skills are required. This requires preparation and detailed schedules. Having this mindset for every job, habits are formed and workflow becomes second nature – major problems are avoided.

3. Polish the stone. Once all the subcontractors have completed their work in the right order under the guidance of a talented superintendent, it’s time to go through the houses with the new buyer and create a checklist to cut out and get ready to go. sell this newly constructed product to its rightful owner. Again, this position requires a talented person within the organization who really cares about work presentation – a perfectionist would do well here. This position also requires good communication skills because even if your landlords are great when signing the contract, sometimes a different personality can emerge after “moving in” when warranty work begins. The tricky part is saying no once a warranty period expires or the issues escalate. Having written guidelines or a move-in manual is extremely important and sets the tone for overall expectations. Don’t expect to win every battle or be everyone’s friend. But, when a new homeowner settles into the reality of the described situation and their newly acquired assets become more valuable, they recognize how important it was to have a great and talented staff to build their new home.

“There is no book called ‘Real Estate Problem Solving For Dummies’ to refer to. Over years of trial and error and repeated problems over and over again, adapt better methods every time you finally get it. At that point I realized that I’m basically a job broker with really good problem solving skills. I wish they had taught that in college This doesn’t just apply to a good builder/developer, it also applies to the most successful businessmen PROBLEM SOLVED.

Stephen Gravett has been a property developer for over 45 years and most recently served as CEO of Kennedy Homes for the past 11 years and is still CEO of Kennedy Development Partners (KDP) and full time COO for 5 Star Developers. He is also a state-licensed broker and since 1980 a state-licensed general contractor unlimited. He flew B-52s in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War

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