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We Need More Cathedral Builders

A compelling vision for the future and a strong sense of purpose leads to productivity improvements of 20% for project teams.

There's a great story about vision and purpose. Christopher Wren was a master builder overseeing the rebuilding of St. Paul’s Cathedral after the great fire of London. As he was making his rounds on site one day, Wren came upon three bricklayers. He asked them what they were doing. 

  • The first bricklayer replied, “I’m a bricklayer. I’m working hard to lay bricks to earn money so I can feed my family.” He seemed tired and wasn’t as far along as the others.

  • The second bricklayer says, “I’m a builder. I’m building the finest, strongest wall. This wall is a solid foundation for this building and will protect everyone who is inside.”

  • The third bricklayer replied with a light in his eye, “I’m a cathedral builder. I’m building a great cathedral, where we can gather together, pray and commune with the almighty.”

Every day when we get out of bed, we have a choice. We can be bricklayers. We can be builders. Or we can be cathedral builders. It’s our choice. It is incredibly rare for project teams to be led by cathedral builders. When they are, great things happen. Imagine if everyone on your project is the third bricklayer!

Énska leads projects as cathedral builders, focusing on inspirational leadership, a compelling vision for the future and connecting the day-to-day of the project with a higher purpose. Research suggests that productivity increases 20% when a project team has a clear sense of purpose. That is what Énska does every day.


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