Beyond the Build


The Most Important Meal of the Day

We are members of an FMI group with 6 other contractors spread coast to coast. We meet semi-annually to discuss strategy, and most recently, culture. On a that visit, I was exposed to a quote from Peter Drucker, maybe said by others as well: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It’s true in many ways.

Culture is an aloof concepts, “that special something,” that is hard to define at times. To me, culture is in many ways the foundation of any success. Great companies or organizations have great culture.

Whether it be a new hire at the company or maybe a merger or acquisition of sorts, if the culture is not a fit, or learned soon and truly adopted, the chances of success are minimal. So what are we working on in our board rooms? Are we using our company’s unique playbook as an advantage, or are we trying to fight it? Our company has found success when we lean into culture.

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Merrill Stewart Jr.

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