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Conference call: Michael Carragher, part 2

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Conference call: Michael Carragher, part 2

President and CEO of VHB (Best Firm Civil #23 and Hot Firm #46 for 2017), a 1,400-person firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent “Bottom line, when it’s the right move, and when it will benefit employees and enable us to serve our clients better, we go all in to provide the support needed to make it happen,” Carragher says. A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL CARRAGHER. The Zweig Letter: The A/E market is great right now. What are you doing to cushion your firm in the event of a downturn? Michael Carragher: Listening and learning are the critical components...

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Are you lonely?

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Are you lonely?

If you’re looking around but not seeing many people like you, try Zweig Group’s new 2018 seminar, CEO Roundtable. Click here for more information. We hear it all the time: “It’s lonely at the top.” The farther you move up the pyramid, the fewer the peers you’ll find there, but it doesn’t have to be lonely. Leadership loneliness is just a state of mind, because there really are others out there just like you. You just have to look for them. During a conference I attended a few of years ago, the presenter asked the audience of a couple hundred...

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Making job offers that get accepted

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Making job offers that get accepted

You go to so much trouble to find the right person for your critical job opening. Sometimes, the process takes months. The higher level the job, the longer it takes to fill. Everyone is busy. Just finding times when the candidate can come to meet with you and your people can be difficult. After an exhaustive search and plenty of dead-ends, you get to the point where you are ready to make a job offer. You extend the offer and it turns out you are unable to hire the person you thought you’d get. They turn you down. What went...

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Taking care of your team

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Taking care of your team

Transparency, training, and feedback are all important, but so is remembering that people don’t live to work, they work to live. In recent TZL articles you’ve heard my thoughts about sharing the company’s financial results with everybody, building a dream team, and making the difficult decision to part with misaligned members of your leadership team. In this article, I would like to discuss what we’re doing to take care of our very valuable team members. Purging underperformers at every level of the organization is critical to creating an admirable, well-run firm. It’s required. But so is what we do every...

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Previous employees

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Previous employees

Depending on why they left – and what they did while they were gone – it might be a good idea to welcome them back into the fold. It’s not uncommon when sorting through a pile of resumes to come across a familiar name. If a former employee applies for a position with the company they once left, is rehiring them a stroke of luck or a terrible mistake? One of the biggest advantages to a previous employee is that they are a known commodity. You know their personality, work ethic, and skills. That knowledge goes both ways: They know...

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