Beyond the Build

Management

We’re Not Big on Titles

If I had it my way, most of our business cards would not list a job title. Mine never has.

Over the years, I have seen folks get caught up in their name, rank, and serial number for a company, maybe neglecting some important nuances in the process. With all respect to my banking friends, I have never met anyone with a lower rank than vice president listed on their card.

Our project management has a hand in estimating and at times estimating has a hand in project management. It’s just the way we are wired. No silos. Our civil engineering folks are involved with project management, and the list goes on. As business evolves, I think this is becoming true in many other fields. Job descriptions just aren’t as cut and dry as they once were, and a standard business card doesn’t have enough space for an accurate title.

When people first meet us, maybe they need a title to help them get our organization sorted out, but after an introductory conversation, this all seems to smooth out. To me, actions and good work are the best titles.

Merrill Stewart Jr.

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