Beyond the Build

Leadership

Sometimes It’s Best to Expect Little in Return

During a breakfast with a customer this week, we got on the topic of expectations, business and beyond. We both had experiences where we did not expect a return, or anything for that matter, and we were just offering to assist someone else. It’s funny the way things works. Often, those were the times when we received a benefit. 

I interviewed a solid candidate recently who was with another company in Dallas and wanted to move back home. Over several conversations, we talked about his present job, the company, the future and plans for his life. I suggested that he talk with his present employer and give that a good chance first before he looks elsewhere. Why? Just because.

I perceive this person to be sound and a good hire and at the same time suggested what I would think I would do before looking elsewhere. I also expect that our paths will cross again somewhere down the road and he may be working with us one day. It’s about helping, expecting nothing in return. We hire for the long haul. We are not perfect, and maybe my approach isn’t perfect either, but it has worked in the past.

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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.