Paul Eldrenkamp is the founder and former president of Byggmeister, is a design-build residential remodeling firm dedicated to the thoughtful, careful stewardship of greater Boston's existing homes. He currently serves as a consultant with HELM Construction Solutions, which provides business consulting, coaching, project management, and training services to owners, designers, and builders.
When a cash bonus is off the table because the company isnít meeting its numbers, a “bonus by whimsy” can be a powerful tool for motivating and cheering field staff.
Five years ago, an audience of luxury kitchen and bath designers nearly revolted when the keynote speaker at an industry event drew cautious aim. In a speech that touched on matters ranging from the poverty outside their windows to the environmental side effects of the construction boom to the imminent U.S. invasion of Iraq, he gently compared them to the first-class passengers on the Titanic drinking champagne while conveniently ignoring the people packed into steerage below and the risk of catastrophe ahead.