Beyond the Build

Management

Thoughts on Being a Connector

Some time ago, I figured out the value of being a connector, working to connect the right people who may not know each other, but would benefit from being acquainted. I’ve been doing this for several years now, and typically with no strings attached. The realty is that if you expect nothing in return, then one will never disappoint. The second reality is that generally much will be returned either now or in the future. Good people do not forget.

I try to connect people who have resources with people who might not, but have sound ideals. I might try to link a person who is down on their luck, needing a leg up, with someone who can offer assistance. One thing I have also learned is to always try to concentrate on quality people. We all have limited amounts of time to give and might as well spend it with good opportunities and good people, the best we can.

At least in my book, nothing worth doing is ever easy, and while their may be some strike outs connecting folks, there are also some singles and doubles out there.

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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.