June 2018

Employee Spotlight: Jim Trueblood

2018-06-20T09:20:17-04:00June 20th, 2018|Employee Spotlights|

Jim Trueblood’s interest in building has led to him having a well-rounded career in the construction industry. He has worn many hats, from carpenter to general foremen to his current role as project superintendent in our Mission Critical market segment. Every day, he is approaching problems from different angles, looking for the best solutions.

Construction can be a challenging business. Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

Every problem has a solution. There is no need to make an issue bigger than it needs to be.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

A leader should possess these three qualities: the abilities to listen, analyze, and measure his or her reactions. In my experience, I’ve discovered this combination works wonders and results in the best outcomes.

What does safety mean to you?

Taking care of my coworkers.

Who inspires you?

My kids inspire me every day.

What is a specific skill-set or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?

People know they can approach me with a problem and I won’t overreact in a negative manner. It is essential to work well with others, especially on a project site. So much more is accomplished as a team instead of as a group of divided individuals.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in the past year?

If people feel like they have investment in a decision, they will have more interest in the outcome.

Shook Revamps Vision Statement

2018-06-07T14:35:47-04:00June 7th, 2018|Vision Statement|

The Shook family is always up for a challenge; our new vision statement presents just that: “To relentlessly build a company so exceptional that the best talent and clients in the world pursue us.” It is an ambitious goal for any company; some would claim that it is “unattainable.” We have other ideas.

The vision statement is an aspirational goal that drives the direction of our company. Like any goal, we must develop a plan. Our plan is focused on our most valuable asset: our people. It includes a culture in our workplace that inspires our employees to put forth their best work every day. When our employees work with passion and drive, we thrill our clients and build on our reputation as a reliable organization that delivers on its promises.

Our vision statement motivates us to be the best version of ourselves every day. As one of our teammates states in the video, “The vision statement is big and bold”—so are our aspirations …