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Digging deep

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Digging deep

While having a fun workplace is great, the good times must be underpinned by hard work and an ever-present commitment to the firm’s mission. Let’s not kid ourselves. Our workplace cultures are about a lot more than just the fun stuff. Sure, everybody loves a mini-keg on a Friday afternoon, a good office holiday party, forming a team to run a 5K charity race, or taking the families out to a ball game. And make no mistake, those activities are an important piece of the puzzle in ensuring your employees are happy. However, we all know that a positive, effective...

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Be yourself

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Be yourself

Do you have a job interview on the near horizon? If so, do your research, stay on topic, and don’t forget to wear a nice pair of shoes. A close architect friend of mine recently needed my coaching for an interview he had scheduled the next morning with a developer. This wasn’t an interview for a project, this was an interview for actual employment. He wanted to change jobs and hadn’t formally interviewed in 27 years! I was amazed by how much he overthought everything. I know it’s true for a lot of people on both sides of the interview...

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Differentiating your firm in a crowded field

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Differentiating your firm in a crowded field

After 14 years of teaching entrepreneurship at The Sam M. Walton College of Business at The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, I have learned there are two paths to entrepreneurial success. The first path – and the one most think is “best” – is to invent something new that has never been done. The problem with this option is that it’s extremely difficult to do! On top of it, the market may not even realize they need whatever it is you have created. The second path is to do something differently – something in a market that already exists, and...

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Conference call: David LaVelle

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Conference call: David LaVelle

President and CEO of BKF Engineers (Hot Firm #44 for 2016), a 415-person engineering firm based in Redwood City, California, with 13 offices primarily in Northern California. “It’s easy to get a job, but more difficult to find new friends,” LaVelle says. “If you help them build friendships at work, it makes people want to stay.” LaVelle first joined BKF in 1988 as a senior project manager/assistant office manager for the San Jose office. He became president and CEO in 1996. A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID LAVELLE. The Zweig Letter: The talent war in the A/E industry is here. What steps...

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Gossipmongers

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Gossipmongers

If there’s gossip in the workplace, your firm will pay the price with warring teams and stalled dynamism. But there’s a three-point antidote to the problem. Work gossip. Some of us participate in it, and most of us see it as a relatively harmless reality of working in an office. But the truth is, gossip has the power to dismantle even the best teams and keep good teams from becoming truly great. Here’s why work gossip is bad news: It allows mistrust to grow. When you start talking about co-workers instead of talking to them, you begin to see and...

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