This week I went along to the latest CBANZ Toolbox Talk for builders.  The current topic is about the changes to the LBP rules around skills maintenance.  No longer will merchant sausage sizzles and clipping coupons from the back of trade magazines do to earn points.  More specific, on-the-job learning is required and keeping up with the latest technical changes in the industry, at least for half your points anyway.  You will even need to take a quiz, so you can prove your learning.

Some view this as a p.i.t.a. but if you can take the view that “the more you learn, the more you earn”, then this professional development process can be viewed as an investment with a definite financial return. This is an example of Stephen Covey’s 7th Habit of Highly Effective People; Sharpen the Saw.  Not a literal saw of course. A mental saw that will help you in business. It’s your choice.  Either waste your time and energy struggling on with a half broken business, or take some time to sharpen your [business] saw and then watch your profits and efficiency expand.

If you choose to work with a coach to implement what you learn, your next decision is whether to work with a generalist business coach, or a specialist business coach in your industry.  I specialize in the construction trades so if you own such a business, I can be more effective and better value than a generalist coach.  But I guess I would say that!  Difference is, I not only say it; I guarantee it!  Email me at and we can start a conversation

Andy Burrows.

Website: The Trades Coach