Registration (Includes morning coffee, lunch and free parking)
- Early Registration (on or before March 9) -- MNLA Members: $149 | Non-Members: $169
- Regular Registration (after March 9) -- MNLA Members: $189 | Non-Members: $209
Register online or CLICK HERE for a registration form to mail or fax to the MNLA Office.
In this dynamic seminar, foremen learn how to more effectively handle tight deadlines, tight margins and increase customer satisfaction. How the customer perceives the foreman’s crew is fundamental to the success of a contractor’s business!
About the Program
Production and maintenance landscape foremen have unique needs as they have to wear two hats: a worker and a leader. Foremen have to walk the fine line in working side by side with the employee and having to direct, motivate and critique at the same time. Managing former peers and friends can be especially difficult, dealing with problems and obstacles can take skills that can only be developed by stepping out of the work environment for a few days, learning best practices, applying it in a learning environment through role play, and then going back and applying it on the job.
Foremanship Training Take-Aways
- The central role of the “worker-leader”
- How to properly supervise friends, peers, and former equals
- How to effectively communicate with your boss and superiors
- How to generate 100 percent accountability from your team
- How to motivate and delegate at the same time
- How to require accountability for all work (both bad or good)
- How to implement and follow daily & weekly work schedules
- How to manage problem behavior
- How your team can produce quality work that stays within the budget and is completed on time
- How to improve the effectiveness of the work team
- How to deal with challenges and personal problems that occur outside the workplace that impact productivity
- How to produce client focused work using a moral compass
- How to understand that mannerisms and values are as important as technical abilities
Professor Armando Actis is an OSHA instructor for the landscaping and construction industry at the College of Dupage, where he teaches English, foreign languages, and 4-cycle and 2-cycle small engine classes (including teardown, troubleshooting, and maintenance). He provides end-user operation, application, and maintenance training for anyone—from the casual user to OSHA professionals—on safety and correct use of landscaping and construction equipment.
Professor Actis earned a New Jersey Teaching Certificate, a B.A. in English (minor in Spanish) from St. Peter’s University, and an M.A. in education and an honorary doctorate in literature and letters from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where he taught English.
Additionally, he holds an associate’s degree in applied science in marine and small engine technology. He also worked at STIHL Inc., where he earned a STIHL Gold Certified Technician degree.
Professor Actis has presented many ILCA educational and safety seminars in both English and Spanish, and he serves as a judge and equipment manager for ILCA’s Landscape Industry Certified Exam (formerly CLT). He presently teaches at the College of DuPage as well as the University of Illinois and Illinois Central College, where he teaches motorcycle safety classes.
Additionally, he is a Motorcycle Instructor for Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois.
MNLA Registration Refund Policy: For all education events, MNLA will gladly make a full refund of your registration fee if cancellation notice is received more than two business days in advance of the event. In the two business days prior to the event, a 50 percent refund will be given. No refunds will be given for no-shows or cancellations made the day of the event. Cancellations may be made in writing, by fax, or by telephone call received at the MNLA office during normal business hours.
Dietary Requests: Every effort will be made to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free requests. Verbal requests must be made to the MNLA Office at least 2 weeks prior to the event date. Accommodations are not guaranteed
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