Beyond the Build

Beyond the Build

Keep Things Simple

Over the years, I have found that there are lots of ways to motivate, but the simplest one is probably the best and the most pleasant for everyone involved. Simply say, “Thank you,” whether verbally or in writing.

Particularly in the construction and real estate industries, there has always seemed to be a lack of people offering a “thank you” for a job well done. It is probably something I do too much, but to me, there is never a down side to showing a genuine appreciation.

It really is easy. If you see someone going above and beyond, mention your gratitude, either in person or through a note. You’ll set that person on a trajectory to try even harder. The best part? They are more likely to pass that grateful behavior to their peers, creating a domino effect of increased performance and appreciation. Leverage at its best.

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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.