Beyond the Build

Leadership

Open Doors

People come first. It’s one thing to know that truth and another to put it into practice daily.

Over the years, I’ve struggled with putting my head down too far into my work, and neglecting to set aside time for the people on our team, even if it’s just to visit. I think I’m getting better, although it’s easier some days and other times I’m just not “there” in spirit.

To really be successful, people in any organization need to feel like they are welcome, no matter how busy things might be. A time to pause. To slow down. To really listen. Being in the now provides a lot of positive leverage. A little curiosity about what’s on people’s minds gives me insight that can lead to real, positive change.

It’s not just about me, or whomever the owner/manager might be. I think we all need to strive for an organizational culture where people actually have time for one another on a personal and professional level. Everyone is better for it.

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Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and President of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.