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How to Succeed on the Job

Learn how to greatly impact the success of your team, your organization, and your own career with the guidance of SHARP: a useful framework for building trust, improving accountability, setting clear expectations, and accelerating results on a construction site. 


  • Access to course material for 30 days.
  • Train with a Pro

  • Spanish Subtitles Available

  • Mobile Access

  • 7 In-depth Lessons

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Practical Resources

Lesson Plan

7 Video Lessons · 31M

  • 1. What is SHARP?

    As owner and president of the design-build firm Smith House, your instructor Jordan Smith has years of experience hiring and managing people. Jordan shares the five key characteristics he looks for in anyone he works with: self-starting, honest, adaptable, results-driven, and positive—which he abbreviates as “SHARP.”

  • 2. S: Self-starting

    Being a self-starter means doing what it takes for getting the job done well, and taking responsibility for your actions. What does this look like in practice? Jordan shares an example of how using SHARP with employees to anticipate material and equipment needs ahead of time, without being asked, leads to quality work.

  • 3. H: Honesty

    Mistakes happen—in life and on the job site. An honest person is able to look at the situation objectively, own their role in it, and find a solution. To illustrate, Jordan shares his experience on a carpentry job that went wrong, and how his employee reached a swift, effective resolution by handling it with honesty and transparency.

  • 4. A: Adaptability

    In construction, the details of a site and team make every job unique. Jordan explains how being adaptable allows you to think outside of the box, push yourself to find creative solutions, and develop yourself into the most skilled tradesperson you can be.

  • 5. R: Results Driven

    There’s a big difference between being busy and being effective. Jordan teaches you how to spend time efficiently, and that perfection is often the enemy of excellence.

  • 6. P: Positivity

    Positivity comes in all shapes and forms, but the key is embracing challenges head-on. Jordan reviews the profound effect a positive attitude can have on a construction site—not only on an interpersonal level but also on the final product.

  • 7. Respect

    Respect is the foundation that upholds the five pillars of SHARP. Jordan shares how establishing respect for both yourself and others helps you work with objectivity, empathy, and composure, and how ultimately, a strong character is what leads to a successful career in the construction industry.

Who it's for: This course is designed for construction professionals who want to maximize their productivity on the job and stand out to employers, along with business owners looking for new tools to build world-class teams.

Key Topics

  • How to be a self-starter

  • Honesty in the workplace

  • Flexibility and adaptability

  • Getting results

  • Positive mindset

  • Career advancement

4.9 Out of
5 stars

Overall rating of 24 students

Become Job Ready

This course will increase your knowledge for jobs like:




Apprentice Carpenter


Construction Laborer


Carpenter's Assistant


Carpenter Helper



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Common Questions

  • What is MT Copeland?

    MT Copeland helps you further your career in the building industry with expert-led online education that will make you a better, smarter tradesperson.

    Our training courses give you a foundation in construction fundamentals and trade skills with real-world applications and best practices to help you grow on the job.

  • What do courses include?

    Online courses include professionally produced videos taught by leaders in the trades and supplementary learning material such as quizzes, assessments and downloadable materials to help you acquire new skills. Watch anywhere, always at your own pace. We keep lesson videos short so they’re easy to watch after work or on your lunch break. You can finish a course in one sitting, or space it out over a week or two.

  • Can you learn with MT Copeland outside of the u.s.?

    Yes! You can take MT Copeland courses from anywhere in the world. Our courses are online, so if you have access to the Internet, you can watch our training videos. Courses are taught in English, with English captions and Spanish subtitles available.

  • Where did the name MT Copeland come from?

    MT Copeland was named after a legendary educator who promoted the idea that training in a specific trade paired with a knowledge of general business principles opens up a whole new world of career possibilities. We believe in the same powerful combination of skills and knowledge.

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