Let’s create a supply chain of gratitude

“If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” —John Wooden

A recent story on LinkedIn talks about a math teacher who wrote the following on her chalkboard:

When she turned to her class, the kids were snickering. She asked, “What’s so funny?” The students quickly noted that her first math fact was incorrect.

The teacher responded, “Sure, but I got 9 out of 10 problems right.” Her lesson that day was about far more than math. It was a lesson to prepare her students for the world, and that one mistake can outshine 9 successes.

Her message wasn’t that they should work harder and never make a mistake. It was to never let the negative get in the way of the positive and to never get discouraged—to have grit.

So how do we change our perspective and put more emphasis on the positive? One way is to give thanks.

Expressing gratitude for a colleague’s contribution, even the small things, is a great way to emphasize good work and harness strengths.

Studies show that simple acts of gratitude encourage feelings of increased well-being and reduced depression. Affirmations also build confidence and trust and are proven to increase performance and job satisfaction and improve culture as employees pay their gratitude forward.

It’s a good time of year to reflect on all that we are thankful for, but let’s not stop there. Let’s intentionally express our appreciation for those that positively impact our life and work each day.

In his book Thanks a Thousand, author A.J. Jacobs chronicles his effort to thank every single person who made his morning cup of coffee possible, which turns out to be hundreds of people around the world including farmers, chemists, presidents and artists.

Much like the folks behind Jacobs’ cup of coffee, sometimes in a business setting, the steady, consistent performers can get overlooked, simply because they are getting their work done. Stop and consider your supply chain of positive, and express thanks day in and day out for the large and small contributions.

As Coach Wooden said, let’s magnify our blessings today and every day.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Recommended Reading:

This is the Most Underrated Way to Be a Better Leader

The Importance of Saying Thank You in Business and Beyond

Thanks A Thousand by A.J. Jacobs

High Point Shopping Center Opens in Dallas

Last week, the EMJ team and The Ainbinder Company celebrated the opening of Academy Sports + Outdoors and Five Below at the High Point Shopping Center in Dallas.

Spanning more than 14.5 acres, the High Point development includes 9 buildings, totaling 180,000 square feet. EMJ’s work included all site work and new construction, as well as adding a new traffic signal on Northwest Highway.

The opening of Academy and Five Below marks the second construction milestone on the project. Burlington opened in September, and Marshalls is expected to open next week.

 

 

Congratulations to the project team!

Bobby Bass, Project Manager
Keith Starkes, Preconstruction Manager
Chris Ross, Preconstruction Manager
Charles Grothe, Project Engineer
Mike Coyne, Lead Superintendent
Marcus McAdams, Superintendent

Related story:
https://www.emjcorp.com/project-updates/grand-parkway-academy/

Saluting Our Heroes

On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, EMJ Construction, led by Co-Op Rashard Minnis, participated in “11 Hours of Remembrance,” a run/walk at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Sponsored by the UTC Army ROTC/SVO, the event honors those killed and injured on Sept. 11, 2001, and those whose heroic actions prevented more deaths. Participants carry an American flag or a flag of one of the U.S. Armed Services around a track and take at least one lap around the field with the goal of having at least one of the flags circulating throughout the day.

https://blog.utc.edu/news/2018/09/9-11-victims-and-first-responders-are-honored-during-11-hours-of-remembrance/
Photo by UTC

 

Minnis served the Marine Corps for 15 years prior to attending The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he is pursuing a second degree in civil engineering with a minor in construction management while serving EMJ as a co-op. He reached out to his EMJ colleagues and asked them to join him in honoring the heroes of 9/11, and they answered the call.

Among those joining Minnis at the event was EMJ Project Engineer and military veteran Evan Rector, who served more than 11 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

Thank you Rashard, Evan, and all of the military veterans at EMJ who served our nation. You exemplify our purpose to be people serving people.

Pictured are Kami Clark, Office Manager, EMJ Construction Special Projects; Evan Rector, EMJ Project Engineer; Rashard Minnis, EMJ Co-Op; and Cody Stubblefield, EMJ Project Engineer.

 

Read more about the event and see additional photos on the UTC blog.

High Point Climbing and Fitness Takes Shape in Memphis

High Point Climbing and Fitness will soon arrive in Memphis, Tenn. The EMJ Construction Special Projects team began work on the project in late 2017 and is on schedule to deliver the project to the client in early 2019.

Designed by PV Design, Inc., the unique, 32,000-square-foot facility will include several indoor climbing walls up to 50 feet tall, a 40-foot outdoor wall, a kids climbing area, a cardio room, weight room, and spaces for yoga and spin classes.


Drone flyover footage captured in August 2018.

The design includes a specialized exterior wall panel system that provides water tightness and insulation and required extensive coordination with various stakeholders to ensure the project stayed on track.

“It’s a very complex system that took the entire team working together to overcome the hurdles, to keep our original schedule,” said Jon-Michael Davis, EMJ Project Manager.

“On top of that, we had  multiple meetings involving every subcontractor that touched or penetrated the system to ensure water tightness per the manufacture recommendation.”

Having successfully installed the exterior wall system, the team began constructing the exterior climbing wall earlier this week.

“Working and coordinating with Walltopia, who provides and installs all the  interior and exterior climbing walls, has been the most interesting part of this project,” said Davis. “This group is out of Bulgaria, so coordination has been extremely important.”

High Point’s leadership team recently commended the project team on a job well done, and the EMJ project team attributes this to weekly collaboration meetings and excellent communication.

“We’ve worked hard to earn their trust,” said Davis. “The High Point team has been great to work with.”

Look for more updates on High Point Memphis in the coming weeks, and thank you to the project team for delivering an exceptional client experience.

Project team members include:

Mark Stepansky, Lead Superintendent
Marty Nielsen, Superintendent
David Lindsey, Level 1 Superintendent
Jon-Michael Davis, Project Manager
Evan Rector, Project Engineer
Jerry Campbell, Senior Preconstruction Manager
Craig Skidmore, Preconstruction Manager
David Haley, Senior Preconstruction Manager
Travis Darwent, Preconstruction Manager

Special Projects to build High Point Climbing in Memphis