Meet Kevin Velducea, Project Leader at Hermosillo. He shares his life experiences, learnings, and challenges with us during his time at the company. His valuable expertise, constant pursuit of knowledge, and dedication have made him a fundamental asset to Hermosillo. Read on to learn more.
What does a day-to-day look like as a Project Leader?
The day-to-day life of a project leader is usually filled with various activities. It involves knowing how your work team feels, daily evaluating whether it is focused on daily objectives, supervising work progress, efficiently managing project resources, and ensuring the team is committed to their assigned areas. It is a job of constant monitoring and interaction with the different parts that make up the project, with the primary task being to find balance and harmony between each stakeholder.
What motivates you in your daily work?
My motivation lies in daily learning and my professional fulfillment. I am striving to make each day better than the previous one. Another thing I love is knowing that I am part of something bigger and can contribute my experience and knowledge to the company. I also love sharing my passion for my work and learning new things.
How do you define the importance of teamwork in construction projects?
It is essential to know how to work as a team. It facilitates fluid communication and problem-solving and contributes strongly to maintaining good quality and safety standards at work. Effective coordination and work environment optimize the use of resources and help meet established deadlines. Above all, let’s consider that a large part of our day is spent working, so it is highly recommended that we work seamlessly with our team.
What has been the most challenging project you have participated in and why?
Without a doubt, my first project: NAVICO. You can read and prepare theoretically for when the time comes. Still, the reality is that you’ll need much more than just knowing the theory of when to deal with problems or with people. Putting your values into practice and strengthening yourself by creating new qualities and habits is crucial to developing proper character. I constantly asked myself, “What kind of leader do you want to be? Do you know yourself enough? What do you need for the project to have the required fluidity?
It was a project where I was my coach and harshest critic. I could not adequately convey my vision of work and commitment, so I constantly worked on my attitude and perspective. Putting yourself in the shoes of others and feeling empathy to understand your coworkers helped me think that we were a team and it was not me against the world. Creating kinetics and seeking to transcend your work team were my learnings in this project.
How do you stay current on design and construction industry best practices?
Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about improving my leadership and how I view things. I get advice from people who are more experienced than me and my dad, who is an expert on the subject. Recently, I have become more interested in Lean Construction, putting some tips for continuous personal and collaborative improvement into practice.
What skills and characteristics are essential to success in this industry?
The most important things are empathy, authenticity, innovation, efficiency, effective communication, and always seeking to improve daily. Learn to use your resources and make the best use of staff talent. Each person contributes to each project. Each leader is responsible for polishing and bringing out the best in their collaborators.
What is the greatest learning you have acquired during your career in Hermosillo?
Be authentic and seek continuous personal and collaborative improvement. Take advantage of every opportunity to show what your presence is worth; make an effort, work hard, and transcend into people.