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Forgiveness or zero tolerance?

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Forgiveness or zero tolerance?

Sometimes you have to fire an employee, but in plenty of cases, a mistake is a mistake, and an employee with a second chance is loyal. It’s a position that no boss wants to be in. Your employee has done something wrong. Maybe it has cost the business in a serious way, or maybe it raises concerns about the employee’s judgment and ability to problem solve. Either way, it can be incredibly stressful. Do you use the incident as a teaching moment, both for the employee who made the error, and for the company at large? Or do you lay...

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Project management 11.0

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Project management 11.0

Make project management a cornerstone of the way your firm does business, and win more work in a competitive market. By Richard Massey Managing Editor A work in progress since 2005, the Technical Core Team Global program by Hill International (Hot Firm # 31 for 2016) has evolved into one of the world’s premier systems for project management. Conceived in Dubai before the global economic slump, the goal of TCT is to deploy a PM team within the first week of signing a contract. “That is one thing we do better than other companies,” says Akram Ogaily, senior VP and...

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Create a healthy workplace: Part one

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Create a healthy workplace: Part one

Over the years, we have developed work styles that are not good for our physical, mental, or emotional health, but that can be changed. It’s not that we’re bad people, or that we aren’t working hard. The problem is that what our minds and bodies need at a basic level is in conflict with our work style. We are so focused on work, on getting things done, that we’ve changed the way we eat, move, and sleep in a way that is actually counter-productive. It turns out that taking care of worker health and wellbeing is the most effective way...

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From painting to architecture

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From painting to architecture

Nancy Ruddy is a big reason why the firm she cofounded, CetraRuddy, continues to grow and evolve, and can solve complex problems. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent It all started in 1987 in the living room of husband and wife John Cetra and Nancy Ruddy. What began as a two-person outfit now has 100 people and a portfolio that includes projects in New York and India, and clients like JPMorgan Chase and Vornado Realty Trust. Based in Manhattan, CetraRuddy (Best Firm #8 Architecture for 2016), specializes in housing, from subsidized to luxury living. Ruddy, the firm’s managing principal and executive director...

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You can’t go back and shouldn’t even want to

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You can’t go back and shouldn’t even want to

It seems like so many of us want to go back to the way things used to be. That’s why we have so much nostalgic design in automobiles and architecture, reflecting the style when cars and buildings had character. Back to smaller companies where we “knew everyone” personally. Back to our first marriage, to our college sweetheart, before the challenges of time, money and kids distracted from the love. Back to a time 30 years ago when our country clearly dominated the world stage and wasn’t playing second fiddle to the countries that make our cheap stuff. Back to high...

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