How to Get Diversity in Construction Without Being Fake with Henry Nutt | Ep. 201

Do we judge people by the color of their skin, or by their skills, attitude, and effort?

Racism leads to stereotypes, and exclusion and ultimately keeps you from growing your business with skilled talent.

The good news?

You can attract top-notch talent without excluding people. This will keep the company growing with a competitive advantage and projects completed on time.

In this episode, Henry Nutt of Southland Industries joins us to reveal the best way to have an inclusive culture. This will keep growing your business at a breakneck speed without worrying about labor shortage.

Listen now:

Show highlights include:

  • The “know and trust” formula that keeps your company from attracting skilled talent (5:10)
  • How “Tunnel Vision” keeps you from growing your business with the best ideas in construction (7:10)
  • The “Story” method to use for recruiting top-notch talent in the industry (16:10)
  • How to transform communities with projects that make you stand out from the competition (17:05)
  • The four key ingredients to measure growth and inclusion that leaves your competition in the dust (23:00)
  • The “partnership” formula for training talent that stays and grows with your company (31:00)
  • How to grow the next generation of leaders in the industry that leaves a legacy (31:45)


About Henry Nutt:

Henry serves as the Preconstruction Executive for Southland Industries, after serving as the Sheet Metal General Superintendent for over 12 years. He has been a member of Local 104 Sheet Metal Workers in Northern California since 1987.

Henry currently sits on the Associated General Contractors of America’s Board of Directors and is their current Chair for the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, which he has served on since its inception in 2016. He also sits on AGC’s CA DEI Steering Committee.

Henry has helped develop initiatives designed to support, educate, and promote a diverse and inclusive culture for AGC member companies while being on both committees. His approach to the complexity of the current climate is one of calm, courage, and commitment. Henry is a consistent voice of reason even in the worst of times and is not afraid to have uncomfortable conversations that have the potential to bring about positive change.

He is the author of a recently published book called, Seven Principles: Creating Your Success in the Construction Industry, which is designed to help the new-to-the-industry folks successfully navigate through their journey and bring impactful awareness to the more seasoned veterans.

Henry is the incoming Chair of Lean Construction Institute’s (LCI) Board of Directors. He currently leads a task force designed to encourage the adoption of Lean practices for Trade Partners, through the development of a new website called the Field Crew Huddle. Henry was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious LCI Pioneer Award. He resides in Northern California with his family.

Buy Henry’s Book: Seven Principles: Creating Your Success in the Construction Industry