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Five-point improvement

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Five-point improvement

Successful business planning isn’t about having a crystal ball. It’s about a culture that discusses goals, actions, and results on an open and regular basis. The end of one year and the beginning of a new one is the season of preparation. We prepare to close out the year, report results, and then get ready to launch into a newer – and improved – version of the prior year. The business planning process can be a real headache to leaders of business units who don’t get to take a break to develop their plans while hitting various year-end deadlines. And,...

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Revisiting Conscious Capitalism

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Revisiting Conscious Capitalism

We all like and need profits, but there’s more to doing business than the bottom line, and the A/E industry should take heed. I’ve previously written about a group I’ve become active with here in Reno, which has offices in many cities throughout the world. To become familiar with the organization, I recommend a visit to their website. Just a portion of the group’s credo says it all: “We believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence, and it is...

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Hiring a team player

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Hiring a team player

Talent and skill are essential, but keep a close eye on cultural fit if you want to avoid the mistake of bringing the wrong person on board. I was recently talking with a client who was agitated that she had just made a bad hire. It wasn’t that this new person was inexperienced or unskilled; he was smart and capable, like he’d been in the interview. But he was quickly proving to be a lousy teammate – ego-driven, secretive, selfish, and unproductively competitive. Great teams are built intentionally. People often think that the best teams come together by some combination...

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Content is king

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Content is king

Only after the content is the best it can be should you worry about packaging the information. Otherwise, the information is pretty but empty. Is a picture worth 1,000 words? Yes. Are we visual learners? Yes. Are we enticed when a document looks great and has a nice layout? Yes. Do people judge books by their covers? Of course, but they shouldn’t! Let’s say you see a movie poster that blows your mind, inspiring you to see the movie right then and there. Let’s also say the movie was picture-perfect, with astonishing cinematography, impeccable set designs, and costumes “to die...

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Conference call: Josh Eddy

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Conference call: Josh Eddy

CEO of Dawson Van Orden (Hot Firm #49 for 2016), a 45-person design and engineering firm based in Houston, Texas. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent “Cashflow. Period,” says Eddy, when asked about the greatest challenge presented by growth. A CONVERSATION WITH JOSH EDDY. The Zweig Letter: Firms that have principals and firm owners that lower their compensation and invest back into the firm perform better, grow quicker, and have higher valuations. How do you balance owner compensation with investment in the firm? Josh Eddy: The DVO ownership group is all in our early 40s and we are investing all the profit...

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