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Change agent

1171 Category_Articles employees Leaders Liisa Andreassen management

Change agent

Ireland-raised David Spillane likes both the past and the future, kayaking in the sea, and doing whatever it takes to keep his firm nimble. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent Like many of his colleagues, David Spillane, president of Goody Clancy (#7 Best Firm Architecture), a 75-person architecture, planning and preservation firm, went to Boston to attend graduate school. Raised in Ireland, he arrived in Bean Town after working in Dublin and London. His roots are in architecture, but over the course of his career his practice evolved to focus on planning and urban design. In 2000, he joined Boston-based Goody Clancy...

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The ‘double yes’ theorem

1171 Category_Articles Javier Suarez marketing Teamwork

The ‘double yes’ theorem

Collaboration between centralized and decentralized resources is the ultimate secret weapon effecting success in any organization. To centralize or not to centralize. Is that the question? For years, leadership groups and marketing professionals across the AEC industry have debated which approach is more effective in their organizations. As much as everyone loves to be right, the correct answer probably falls somewhere in the middle. This is a quintessential gray area, but one that in its ambiguity can prove to be beneficial for every firm. Take the Avengers, for example. Each superhero is fantastic in his or her own right and...

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Strategic and predictive

1171 Category_Articles Strategic Planning Ted Meziejka

Strategic and predictive

As we move deeper into the final quarter of the year, now’s the time to look ahead to 2017’s backlog, pipeline, and cash flow. As we move deeper into the last quarter of fiscal 2016, senior leaders of many firms we work with are grappling with the following: Accelerated work effort going into October, November, and December to meet client-spending needs. Accelerating collections to insure cash flow needs are being met for year-end activity (bonus, capital expenditure acquisition, etc.). Managing their 12-52-week cash flow projections. Balancing resource planning to meet the financial and schedule constraints of the work effort. Preparing...

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More on BODs

1171 advice Board of Directors Category_Articles featured Mark Zweig

More on BODs

Boards of directors, or BODs, in the typical A/E firm are pretty much a mess. They tend to suffer from the same maladies in so many companies. Some of these include: They have too many directors – all of whom are employees and owners in the firm. It’s not uncommon to see BODs that are the size of GMs, and in a 100-person A/E firm. That’s ridiculous. The BOD needs to be a small group of people who are creative and contribute to running the overall enterprise. And diversity is a plus here. They don’t have any outside directors and...

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