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Don’t outsource your leadership

1174 Bill Murphey Category_Articles Leader Leaders Leadership management Principal Strategic Planning

Don’t outsource your leadership

Executives who delegate important decisions to the second tier, and not the principals, run the risk of curbing their firm’s potential. Since when is it okay for a firm’s senior executive to outsource leadership? Hopefully, you answered “never” to that rhetorical question. Unfortunately, too many firms haven’t figured out that leadership cannot be delegated. Organizational leaders are supposed to set the direction for their company, establish the goals they seek to achieve, and connect individual tasks to the overall strategy. Leaders are also supposed to retain the responsibility of making decisions affecting the long-term health of the organization. Why are...

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Be a dreamer

1174 Category_Articles Stephen Lucy Strategic Planning

Be a dreamer

Do you have a vision for the future of your firm? It’s a must, so climb out from behind the day-to-day, engage your team, and chart your course. Any quick online search will bring up a number of references and definitions for strategic vision. As an important aspect of your long-term planning efforts, knowing the vision for your firm’s future – for its reason for being – should be something that your entire team embraces. A well-respected expert on the subject, Burt Nanus, defines a strategic vision as a realistic, credible, attractive future for an organization. And isn’t that the...

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Forty big ones

1174 anniversary Benefits Category_Articles Category_Continuing Education Category_Environmental + Sustainable Design Category_Transportation continuing education Environmental + Sustainable Design Kisinger Campo and Associates Liisa Andreassen transportation

Forty big ones

Florida multidiscipline firm Kisinger Campo and Associates, with four decades under its belt, knows how to treat clients and employees. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent Kisinger Campo and Associates (Tampa, FL), a multidisciplinary engineering firm of more than 220 employees, is setting up to enter its next decade, but before it does, its celebrating its achievements. Its strategy is to build upon proven past experience through the application of innovative technologies while maintaining sensitivity to the environment and integrating principles of sustainable development. “We are committed to sharing our expertise and talent for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life...

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Do something for you

1174 A to Zweig advice Category_Articles Mark Zweig

Do something for you

Many of us – as responsible spouses, parents, and business owners – always do what we think we are supposed to. Our whole lives are based on serving and taking care of other people. Unfortunately, sometimes we forget about ourselves in the process. Typically, when talking about “taking care of ourselves,” the conversation revolves around diet, exercise, and sleep. Those are all good and necessary things that we need to pay attention to. But there are OTHER things as well. What are your passions? I woke up super early this morning as I often do – 3:38 a.m. is a...

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The anatomy of a (really big) hot dog

1174 Category_Articles Environmental + Sustainable Design Richard Massey

The anatomy of a (really big) hot dog

Planning regulations in Johnson City, Tennessee produced a 26-foot bun and frankfurter made of brick, and it’s the talk of the town. By Richard Massey Managing Editor Johnson City is a quaint place of 66,000 people near the Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Tennessee. Perhaps best known as the childhood home of football coach Steve Spurrier, and for its ties to popular soft drink Mountain Dew, Johnson City has recently added a new claim to fame – a 26-foot hot dog made of brick. A key piece of the branding “trade dress” of beloved regional fast food chain Pal’s Sudden...

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