As Mueller Communications Inc. nears its 30th year, president H. Carl Mueller credits much of his company's success to the integrity of his business practices and the strength of the relationships he and his team have built.
"I learned from some of the top business and civic leaders in our community that there are many ways to succeed in business, but only one is the best. There are also many ways to measure that success – the currency of business: cash, stocks, bonds, real estate and so on. Here's the best: 'What matters most is the currency of the integrity of your relationship with another human being.'
"So the building blocks of personal success are the relationships you build with people – and this is especially true of the greater Milwaukee area and Wisconsin. Treat people with trust and respect, give them fair value for what they give you, and you will succeed.
"Businesses are built on the people who work for them. The culture and values of every business starts at the top. Fostering a culture of respect, trust, creativity and the value of everyone's work drives success in business. This means creating a team spirit where all share in the responsibility for a quality work product and in the success of the combined effort. Communicating the culture, values and shared achievement drive a successful company.
"Hard work, a focus on profitability, a commitment to excellence are all important. However, core values are what motivate people in a sustaining way and drive long-term success.
"In our personal lives and business, relationships and networks are most important. My advice is simple: Always strive to do the right things."