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Live and learn

1170 Category_Articles Leaders Training

Live and learn

Mentorships are supposed to be two-way streets, so when you consider your program, make sure you make the right connections. The mentoring partnership is an agreement between two people to share experiences and expertise to help with the personal and professional growth of the person being mentored. Though supervisors obviously mentor their supervisees, this is not what we’re talking about here. In a formal mentorship program, the pairings are outside of the traditional supervisory relationship so that the employee is assured that whatever s/he brings up will not affect her or his performance evaluation. If possible, the partnership should be...

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Fourth quarter push

1170 advice Category_Articles Category_Software + Tech Mark Zweig Software + Tech

Fourth quarter push

We’re down to the fourth quarter. It’s either been your best year ever – in which case you want it to end up as such – or it hasn’t been – and you have to make something happen. Either way, we all need a good fourth quarter. But just because we need it there’s no assurance it’ll happen. We have to do something. We have to act. Here are my thoughts: Take stock of where you think you’ll end up right now. That means you may need to get all of your managers to revise their revenue and sales projections....

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Billionaire’s Row

1170 Category_Archives New York Richard Massey Supertall

Billionaire’s Row

The towers just south of Central Park are supertall and eye popping, but as sales taper off, and as opposition to them grows, a hush envelopes the design community. By Richard Massey Managing Editor At least publicly, no one in the design world really wants to talk about Billionaire’s Row, the band of supertalls in various stages of development on and around 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. For all the ingenuity and expertise that went into these buildings – 432 Park Avenue, for example, is only 93 feet wide but an astounding 1,393 feet tall – they are not necessarily...

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Reno reboot

1170 Category_Articles Category_Continuing Education Category_Structures + Buildings continuing education employees Environmental + Sustainable Design Innovation Structures + Buildings Technology

Reno reboot

Complex redevelopment of a blighted area prompts team to be creative across the board – design, personnel, technology, and funding. While having a glass of wine with colleagues from New York, we reflected on the scale and complexity of the projects each of us has underway today. These are exciting times in the design professions, as many of the cities in which we are working were built out a long time ago, leading to redevelopment, often in severely blighted areas. Many redevelopment agencies and districts around the country have exceeded their bonding capacity, making it impossible to bond against future...

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Constructively dissatisfied

1170 Category_Archives Category_Environmental + Sustainable Design Environmental + Sustainable Design Leaders

Constructively dissatisfied

The Klotz firm is reaping national accolades for its growth and its workplace, but since a firm never arrives, the quest for excellence never ends. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent Maintaining the status quo is not an option for D. Wayne Klotz, president of RPS Klotz Associates, Inc., (#32 Best Firm Civil and #43 Hot Firm for 2016) a 165-person, full-service civil engineering firm based in Houston. “Any organization that does not evolve dies,” he says. Klotz is a man of his word. He continues to try new things and to seek new connections. If you want proof, check out the...

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