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UMCA News

UMCA Safety Seminar This Month

Earn One Core CE Hour on Thursday, August 20th from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Utah Career Center at the “Current Mechanical Construction Safety Affairs” Seminar presented by MCAA’s Director of Safety and Health, Pete Chaney. In this free, one-hour seminar, Pete will discuss the recent electric arc welding incident and accident prevention and safety for electric arc welding. Additionally, he will provide a comparison of OSHA’s 1998 permit required confined space and confined spaces in construction standards and share safety resources available through the MCAA in 2015. Don’t delay, time is running out to earn core CE hours for your 2016 license renewal! Click here to sign up online or click here to download the paper registration form.

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Last Chance to Fill Out Contractor Membership Survey

The UMCA Board of Directors will be meeting during the first week of August at their annual retreat to plan for 2016.  In an effort to ensure that the association is meeting the needs of its contractor members, the UMCA published a survey and requested the participation of each contractor to provide feedback and input for future years planning.  If you have not yet participated in the survey, please do so now as the survey will be closed on Wednesday, August 5.  To fill out the survey, please click here.

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Trap Shoot Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the UMCA 2015 Annual Trap Shoot! Join us at the Great Salt Lake Gun Club on October 1, 2015 at 4:00PM. Registration costs $55 per person and will include two rounds of 25 targets from the 16 yard, a BBQ dinner, entrance into a prize drawing, and an event t-shirt.  Each shooter is responsible for their own gun and shells. Sponsorship opportunities are available as either a $250 silver sponsor or $500 gold sponsor. Sponsor logos will appear on the back of the official trap shoot t-shirt. The deadline to register to become a sponsor is Friday, September 11, 2015 and the deadline to register to participate in the event is Monday, September 21, 2015. To register online, click here or download the pdf registration form here. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Utah Career Center News: Apprentice Evaluations, Fall Evaluators, and New Apprentices

The Utah Career Center recently sent out apprentice evaluations to contractors and are looking for feedback from contractors and their supervision.  Please take a moment to fill these forms out as accurately as possible and return them to the Utah Career Center. 

Additionally, the UCC is still looking for class evaluators for the Fall Semester.  Evaluators will be requested to attend one class two separate times during the semester and provide feedback to the teacher.  Evaluators will also be requested to attend an orientation prior to the semester that will take place an evening to be determined during the last week of August from 6-9pm.  If you are willing to help the career center by being a class evaluator, please contact Will Nickell

Finally, the Apprenticeship Committee interviewed several apprentice candidates during the last week of July for the upcoming school year.  A list of new apprentices will be made available within the next week or so.  Please contact the union hall if you are interested in hiring a new apprentice.

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Contractor License Renewal Deadline in November

In November, all contractors in the state of Utah will be required to renew their licenses for the next two years.  As part of this renewal, each contractor will need to have completed six hours of continuing education over the past two years.  Three of the six hours needs to be categorized as “core” credit while the additional three hours can be either “core” or “professional” credit.  If you would like to know how many continuing education hours you have earned throughout the past two years, click here and type in your contractor license number on the right side of the window.  A summary of education credit you have earned should appear.  Please note that only education completed AFTER December 1, 2013 will be counted toward your license renewal.  The UMCA will be offering three courses during the Fall to help members earn the required hours.  The first seminar will be the Current Mechanical Construction Safety Affairs Seminar on August 20th and will be worth 1 core credit.  On October 8, the UMCA will feature a Bluebeam Training Course worth 5 professional credits and on November 5, there will be an EEOC Seminar worth 3 core credits.  We hope to see many of you at these upcoming seminars.
 

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The First Rule of Management by Michael Timms

If you could choose only one quality that your boss could have which would help you to perform better, what would it be?
    - to be a good coach and mentor?
    - to give you regular feedback in a constructive manner?
    - to support your initiatives?

All of these are qualities that anyone would love to infuse into their boss. They are good qualities but they’re not enough. They all beg the question “And then what?”
For example, say my boss has suddenly become a great coach and mentor. I may now have a better understanding of what stands in the way of my success, and may even have solutions to my problems. This may help me to improve my performance, but I still may not necessarily be inspired to put my very best effort into my work.

A Manager’s Most Important Job is to Help Their Employees Feel Confident
Confidence is the ultimate performance enhancer. It’s believing that you can get the job done. Confidence is what separated our early ancestors who took on the wooly mammoth and won, from those who faded out of the human gene pool. And it’s what separates good performers from all-stars.

I frequently give a keynote presentation on how to motivate people. At one point in the presentation I ask the audience which of the following two people they think will perform better. I then show a picture of a businessman with a subtle, confident smile and natural quality about him. I then show a picture of a business man cowering behind his desk chair, obviously afraid of his boss. The audience usually gets a bit of a kick out of it simply because we all know it’s true. We’ve all seen examples of how timidity and insecurity affect people. Because such people tend to be less assertive, they are indecisive and uncertain about what to do. This hurts their credibility with their peers and superiors which further damages their confidence, perpetuating the vicious cycle of insecurity.

As managers, it’s worth asking ourselves what we may be doing to cause this type of behaviour in those around us. If you need some help in assessing whether you have this effect on your employees, feel free to take the Management Blind Spots Self-Evaluation. Only after you have examined what you may be doing to hurt people’s confidence should you turn your attention to what you can do to build their confidence. See the aforementioned Self-Evaluation for the reason.

Confidence is Key to High Performance In All Areas of Life
I was recently backpacking in the backcountry with my good friend and his wife. The hike was more strenuous than we anticipated, and my friend’s wife was struggling in spite of being relatively fit. Both were a little annoyed at the other – my friend’s wife was annoyed that he chose a very challenging hike, and he was annoyed that she wasn’t paying as close attention to the trail as he felt she ought to. In a moment of frustration, he made a sarcastic remark which only assisted to increase tensions. In a private moment with him, I took occasion to describe the “which of these people will perform better” scenario from my keynote presentation. In an instant, he got it: a husband’s most important job is to make his wife feel confident, and vice versa.

Parents don’t need a PowerPoint presentation to understand that one of their most crucial and fundamental jobs is to help their child gain genuine self-esteem (as opposed to artificially inflating their ego by lavishing them with undeserved praise). None of the many life skills and values a parent can teach their child can be effectively employed without that child having a strong foundation of confidence. Even developing the attribute of humility requires having self-confidence.

A Leader Is Only As Good As Their Team
As you increase the confidence of your team members you will be amazed at how their performance improves, which in turn will improve your own performance.
 

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