Welcome to the Construction Dream Team Resources Section, a curated list of recommended tools for Construction Nation. Most of these tools come from our own personal experience with them, or our guests have recommended them. Please know that some of the links are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Each tool has been recommended because we believe they are helpful to you and your team. We hope that you will find them equally useful and that they will help you achieve your project goals.
Audio Books (affiliate link)
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Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders (affiliate link)
by Steven R. Schallenberger – Recommended by Rob Schallenberger in Episode 11.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (affiliate link)
by Marc Reisner – Recommended by Reese Tisdale, podcast episode 38
Creativity, Inc. (affiliate link)
by Ed Catmull – Recommended by Rick Del Monte during Podcast Episode 15.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (affiliate link)
by Daniel H. – Recommended by John Thorsson in Episode 23
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (affiliate link)
by Roger Fisher & William Ury – Recommended in Episode 19 by Geoff Neumayr
Good To Great (affiliate link)
by Jim Collins – Recommended by Ivar Satero in Episode 2, John Martin in Episode 7, and Lou Palandrani in Episode 8.
How to Win Friends and Influence People (affiliate link)
by Dale Carnegie, recommended by Rob Smedley in episode 39
Integrating Project Delivery (affiliate link)
by Martin Fischer – Recommended in podcast episode 28 by Gregory Mantz
Leadership Is an Art (affiliate link)
by Max DePree recommended in Podcast Episode 24 by Jim Linthicum
Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun (affiliate link)
by Wess Roberts – Recommended on Podcast Episode 36 by David Niese
Living the 7 Habits: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (affiliate link)
by Stephen R. Covey – Recommen by David Niese
Make Your Bed (affiliate link)
by William H. McRaven – Recommended on Podcast Episode 37 by Gregory Grabowski
Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction
Recommended by Steve Jones in Episode 11.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Change the World (affiliate link)
by Adam Grant – Recommended by Sinem Mollagoglu in podcast episode 32
Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions (affiliate link)
by John Kotter & Holger Rathgerber – Recommended by Judy Ross in Episode 22
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People (affiliate link)
by Stephen Covey – Recommended by Ivar Satero in Episode 2
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive (affiliate link)
by Patrick Lencioni – Recommended by Pete Davos in Episode 3
The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi (Affiliate Link)
by Arun Gandhi – Recommended by Brian Polkinghorn in podcast episode 29
Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts (affiliate link)
Recommended by Jeffrey Sims in Episode 25
A Podcast That Builds
We highly recommend Dodge Data & Analytics Podcast. This is a great resource for Construction Nation.
The Transformation Challenge: The 6 Steps to Planning and Execution
Recommended by Rob Schallenberger
SmartMarket Reports recommended by Steve Jones in Episode 11. SmartMarket Reports provide research on emerging trends that are impacting and transforming the construction and building industry. Stay up-to-date on topics including risk management, building information modeling, world green building trends, and safety advancements.
- Airport Consultants Council Young Professional
Recommended in Episode 21 by Faith Varwig
- Austin Commercial
Recommended by Kent DeRusha in Episode 20
Recommended by Jim Pappas in Episode 4 and Rob Schallenberger in Episode 10. Steven Shallenberger has developed the #1 Leadership Program in the world to empower your group with the mindset and skillset to become great leaders and build high-performing teams.
- Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution
Recommended by Brian Polkinghorn in podcast episode 29
- Commercial Construction Index
Recommended by Donna Laquidara-Carr in Episode 28
- Construction Dive
recommended by Rob Smedley in Episode 39
Recommended by Kristin Allen in podcast episode 34
- Gallup Strength Finder
Recommended by Jeffrey Sims in Episode 25
- International Partnering Institute
Comprised of more than 150 member organizations, serving Owners, CM Firms, Designers, Contractors, and Facilitators. – IPI Provides the Following: Education, Research and Development, Recognition, Guidance, Facilitator Certification and Professional Development
- International Partnering Institute Shop
Recommended by Sinem Mollaoglu in podcast episode 32 (access to reports)
- Jobs for Life
Check out Jobs for Life to rethink what you really want to do vs. what you’ve been doing.
- Self-Assessment for Intellectual Humility
Take the Test recommended in Episode 18 by Shane Snow
- Shane Snow’s Courses on LinkedIn Learning
Recommended by Shane Snow during Episode 18.
- Smart Brief on Leadership
A daily email.recommended by Tania Gharechedaghy in Episode 12 and also by Sue Dyer in Bonus Episode 3.
- Superconducting X-Ray Laser Project
Jeffrey Sim’s project, mentioned in Episode 25
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TED Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
by Simon Sinek – Recommended by Randy Iwaski in Episode 13.