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Power pointless

1221 Aaron Tippie Category_Archives Category_Presentation featured PowerPoint presentation storytelling

Power pointless

You might think about ditching the fancy slideshow in favor of something much more engaging and authentic – the story of your firm and its people! We’ve all been there; the highly anticipated meeting with an exciting new client. You’re armed with an exhaustively prepared presentation, complete with myriad PowerPoint slides that are guaranteed to impress everyone in the room. The presentation starts, and the nightmare begins. The audience is different than you prepared for. Your slides aren’t geared to their interests or needs. Why’s it so hot in this room? You’re losing their attention and the energy is draining...

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The condo conundrum

1221 Category_Articles condominium Ed Friedrichs featured HOA lawsuit

The condo conundrum

Does the specter or a 9 1/2-year lawsuit deter you from the HOA market? Try adding a 20-year maintenance clause to protect your firm. Have you or any of your friends owned a condominium? If so, you have probably heard frequent complaints about the homeowners’ association, their fumbles with managing the building, or, even worse, a lawsuit they have filed about construction defects and the difficulties they’ve had addressing the claim. While I was working as an architect, I strongly resisted accepting commissions to do condominium buildings, largely based on the number of lawsuits filed against architectural firms. Typically, 9...

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Rest your weary fingers

1221 Category_Archives Category_Software + Tech CRM featured H. John Oechsle Technology

Rest your weary fingers

Voice activation is coming to customer relationship management, and if you adopt it, you’ll save time and succeed. We spend a lot of time talking to our gadgets these days. Whether we’re seeking directions from Siri or weather updates from Alexa, speech is quickly becoming a preferred means of communicating with technology. A future once at our fingertips now rests at the tips of our tongues. Voice activated technology doesn’t just afford us fun tools for our private lives – this technology is playing an increasingly pivotal role in the professional world, too. And that extends to the small and...

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Seven leadership hints to help your employees feel better

1221 A to Zweig advice Category_Archives Category_Leadership Category_Management employees featured Leadership Leadership Development Mark Zweig

Seven leadership hints to help your employees feel better

When you run an A/E or environmental firm, you want your people to feel good. Besides the fact that they won’t do their best work if they don’t feel good, seeing your employees happy is one of the most personally gratifying rewards a business owner can get out of ownership. It just makes you feel good, like it’s all worthwhile. So how can an individual leader make a difference in terms of how people feel? Here are my thoughts: Talk to everyone. Don’t be one of those leaders who never greets or speaks to employees who are not in their...

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Final decisions

1221 Category_Archives Category_Contracts Category_Legal Category_Management clause contract clause featured project owner William Quatman

Final decisions

Can project owners be the judge of disputes? Of course they can, especially if the contract clause allows for judicial review. We’ve heard children ask parents to explain their decisions, only to get this response: “Because I’m the mom, that’s why!” Mom is the boss and her decision is final on the matter. Children walk away scratching their heads, learning an important lesson in life, sometimes called the “Golden Rule,” as in “He who has the gold makes the rules.” The more brazen child spouts back, “I’m gonna ask Dad!” in an effort to appeal to a higher authority. Not...

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