Soft As Steel Podcast will be a 30-minute weekly show that explores the landscape of the construction industry as it’s changing dynamically. Success is no longer driven by a single generation, technology, or bidding strategy. In today’s diverse industry, your ability to adapt and grow hinges on soft skills.
In the Soft as Steel podcast series, host Dennis Doran engages in deep, dynamic conversations with a broad cross section of subject matter experts and leaders with a principal focus on how the construction industry must bring communication and introspection to an industry where these essential skills traditionally go undervalued.
It's about focusing on that which is not talked about. The reality that the challenges ahead are even greater than those in the past. The qualities, attributes, and behaviors of people essential to building meaningful relationships and enjoying success and happiness are vital to all endeavors and all industries. That having deep, meaningful discussions; with stories about the vital role of soft skills in every facet of work and life; by talking about things like love, inclusion, social justice, leadership; like talking about addiction, mental health, and suicide. This message is the foundation of the podcast - Soft Skills Matter more than ever.
Frank DeAngelis: Refuse to be helpless
Do you remember where you were on April 20 1999? Frankly, I can't. But I know that my guest today does. He was at a high school in Colorado, Columbine High School. I am not only pleased but honored and humbled to welcome to the Soft As Steel podcast, Frank DeAngelis. On that day, and for three years before and 15 years after, Frank was the principal of Columbine High School. His entire career to Columbine spanned 35 years. Since retiring, he continues to serve society as an education consultant, and author of a vitally important book entitled, ‘They call me Mr. D, The Story of Columbine’s Heart, Resilience, and Recovery.
John Burcaw: Lead with love and respect
I'm joined today by a good friend, John Bercow. John is the director of academic education and the Chief Administrative Officer for the finishing trades Institute in the Upper Midwest in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began his career as a union member commercial industrial painter. He stepped into the career path with the International Union and painters and Allied Trades that led him to his current position in 1997. John describes himself as an accomplished results oriented leader with wide ranging skills and experiences having spent 20 plus years developing and implementing organizational programs and strategic initiatives throughout the US and Canadian construction industry.
Jim Johnson: We not Me!
I'm really glad to welcome coach Jim Johnson to the softer steel podcast. Jim has over 30 years of experience in developing winning high school basketball teams, including 428 career victories.
Tim Dumas: Leading with Love if you know you can fail
Tim Dumas is a person you want to know. In his own words then, Tim magnanimously coaches leaders to love unconditionally, dream audaciously, serve generously, and grow purposefully.
Matt Graves: Construction is like an "Escape Room" - A Millienial's perspective
My guest today is Matt Graves. Matt has been in the construction industry since his graduation from Texas A&M University in 2010. Matt is a Millennial construction project manager by trade and has a vision of helping as many developing construction professionals as he can accelerate their career.
Glodean Champion: Don't focus on Fear
My guest today is Glodean Champion. Glodean is a speaker, author, and leadership coach diversity and inclusion facilitator. She helps organizations empower their people by teaching them how to raise their awareness, own their belonging and collaborate in a way that creates innovative, influential teams in a culture that people love.
Soft as Steel
Dennis Doran knows what he’s talking about. I’ve heard him speak and I am a better person for it.