• Elevating Construction Superintendents

  • A Principle Based Leadership Guide for Assistant Supers and Superintendents in Construction (The Art of the Builder, Book 1)
  • By: Jason Schroeder
  • Narrated by: Katie Schroeder
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)

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Elevating Construction Superintendents

By: Jason Schroeder
Narrated by: Katie Schroeder
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Are you ready to take your next step? To be a great superintendent, you need training. Without this, you may become defensive, learn to accept waste and low standards, or even espouse false concepts that will lead to failure. However, with proper fundamental training, learning from the best builders throughout history, and effectively using the modern concepts of lean, we can guide superintendents to have the best trained role in construction. Right now in our industry, project managers and project engineers are better trained, better paid, and are becoming leaders of the entire team. The positions of superintendents and project managers should be equal, but to be equal, we need to step up and take our place as the driving force of the project. 

This book will help you to do that and bring respect back to field positions everywhere. Before writing Elevating Construction Superintendents: The Art of the Builder, I had never found a book available for the art and form of being a superintendent. Yes, there are books about lean; yes, there are books about construction management; and yes, there are books about the skills of a superintendent, but there are none that cover the art of the builder in construction and the back-to-basics fundamental attributes of a true leader in the field. 

This is the first edition of the book we need and want for our wonderful builders in the field of construction. This book is filled with principles and actionable steps for assistant superintendents. I invite you to learn these, take massive action, and implement each step one-by-one. Please keep driving until everything on your project brings you joy. That is the measure of success. Expect more, step up, let's go!

©2020 Jason Schroeder (P)2020 Jason Schroeder

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Superintendent turned President

Using the knowledge in this book will elevate your career. It is well written and very well narrated. Easy to follow and simple to go back review key points. Thanks Jason

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JT Super of senior years

Jason. Thanks for the great book. I wish I found it a decade ago! Looking for to sharing it with my counter parts.

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Highly recommend

This is a great guide for superintendent to familiarize and refine skills. And great source of information that leads you to more information and wanting more.

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To myself this was a review of the basic fundamentals of construction practices to push you to improve.

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Municipal Superintendent

This book hits on a lot of the important factors of being a productive Super. I started my career in construction 9 years ago as a field engineer, before advancing positions to Super. Stay hungry, take responsibility, and work like you’re building Mom’s project. You’ll succeed.

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Too Much Fluff, Not Enough CS Substance

Too any war and card game analogies, couldn't finish listening to it. I learned nothing.

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Do not Handicap your self as a construction manager by foregoing the reading of this book.

I’m one of those guys that spends a lot of time in details. I truly feel that it’s each person‘s obligation that walks the earth to be a better person than they were the day before, this in the Spirit of personal growth and good custodianship. This applies both personally and professionally is my persistent goal. This book is very well thought out and illustrated through text. I am on my third listening and each time I feel that I leave it a better manager and person then before. Thank you Jason and Katie for the gift. Most sincerely Ralph Pearson

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Covers to much information.

To many rules to be remembered. seems like it would be hard to remember all of them.

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Great Guide and Helpful for Organizing Thoughts

This book is extremely useful to help organize day to day priorities and responsibilities for a superintendent. Also it helps list a lot of good topics to research to learn proper scheduling methods and best practices, which my company (a large GC firm) seems to have trouble providing actual training or details on. The only thing that I think would be beneficial for the audiobook version is maybe a pdf giving lists of the books recommended, steps for meetings, types of schedules to implement, etc. to avoid having to take notes while listening to the book

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Essential for those in the field AND in the office

This is not just for superintendents. Having worked in construction on the design and owner side of things, I still found the wisdom and practices described very valuable. I like how Jason frames that the heart of the problem he is trying to solve is giving those in construction more time with their families, less stress, better physical and mental health. He describes practical solutions based on Lean and many respected books on management.

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  • 08-16-21

Great intro into construction management

The book is a bit borad in its approach but definitely a must read. It references other books and great advice. Its an easy read with great ideas and ways to manage your construction projects.