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Perennial power

1190 Category_Archives featured millennials Perennials Yukari Yamahiro

Perennial power

Much has been made of how to design workplaces that attract and inspire millennials. But there might be a better demographic filter for your workplace. Millennials. Gen Y. Echo Boomers. Regardless of the name, this generation is unquestionably an influential cohort – particularly in our industry, where generational differences are often a driver of workplace design. As the biggest generation in the U.S. workforce, much has been made of how to design workplaces that attract, inspire, and enhance the productivity of millennials. But there may be a better demographic filter. Meet the Perennials, which Fast Company recently defined as the...

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We’re not immune

1190 Category_Articles Environmental + Sustainable Design featured Good Samaritan Good Samaritan law William Quatman

We’re not immune

Due to the absence of a comprehensive, federal Good Samaritan law, A/E professionals are hesitant to lend a helping hand after an emergency. We have all heard someone in a perilous condition say, “Don’t just stand there, help me!” Or, more commonly the victim might ask, “Is there a doctor in the house?” But professionals are sometimes reluctant to offer their services as a volunteer for fear of getting sued. Architects and engineers are among those who are often asked to lend a hand during or after an emergency, whether the situation is man-made or a natural disaster. But, being...

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A simple question

1190 advice Category_Archives employees featured Jay Thornton Stress

A simple question

What can I do for you today? As it turns out, perhaps not a whole lot, but in a crunch, a little can go a long way. It’s a simple enough question. But how often do you actually ask it of your peers, managers, and subordinates? We’re busy people in big jobs and never have enough hours in the day to get things done. I get it. But this might be one of the more valuable business lessons I’ve learned. It’s a question that spans B2B, B2C, M&A, CSR, IT, and works 24/7: What can I do for you today?...

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The New Grand Strategy

1190 Category_Articles Ed Friedrichs featured sustainability

The New Grand Strategy

Book about elevating sustainability as a national strategic imperative is an impressive guide on how the US can shape a prosperous future. My daughter was at a sustainability conference in Santa Clara, California recently. She heard a talk by Mark (Puck) Mykleby describing his book, The New Grand Strategy – Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century. Knowing how well his ideas aligned with mine, she told him, “You’ve got to talk with my dad.” My daughter, a municipal public policy analyst, continues to introduce me to some of the most interesting people. A few weeks later,...

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Conference call: Tony Mirchandani

1190 Category_Archives featured Leaders Liisa Andreassen RTM Engineering Consultants Tony Mirchandani

Conference call: Tony Mirchandani

CEO of RTM Engineering Consultants (Best Firm #37 Multidiscipline and Hot Firm #50 for 2016), a 120-person firm based in South Barrington, Illinois. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent The Zweig Letter recently caught up with Tony to ask him about the recent acquisition of Texas firm Lippe and Associates Consulting Engineers. It’s 100 percent about culture matches. A conversation with Tony Mirchandani. The Zweig Letter: What’s the recipe for creating an effective board? Tony Mirchandani: To be effective, a board must understand and be aligned with the mission of the business and work to uphold its integrity. The recipe to creating...

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