Have you laid a cornerstone?

Just because you’re not a builder or an architect doesn’t mean you’re not involved in laying a cornerstone.

The practice of laying a cornerstone was to provide a point of reference for which all other stones would be based. From the 18th to 19th century, the laying of the cornerstone was also a grand ceremonious event. Local dignitaries spoke, parades were held, speeches were given, even artillery was discharged. It was quite the fanfare for most public buildings, monuments, and even some houses of worship. Programs were printed and distributed.

Here is an excerpt from the cornerstone ceremony for a particular project:

“The procession marched two a-breast, in the greatest solemn dignity, with music playing, drums beating, colors flying, and spectators rejoicing; from the President’s Square to the Capitol, in the City of Washington; where the Grand Marshall called a halt, and directed each file in the procession . . . “

Quite a show, huh? This was a description of the events leading up to the U.S. Capitol Cornerstone Laying Ceremony.

What about the cornerstone of your business. Is it a written statement in a notebook outlining the founding of your company? Is it on a plaque to dedicate the building where your office is located?

Or is it the way the way you do business? Take a look at why you’re in business if you have a hard time figuring this one out.

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