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.