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Cultural fit vs. cultural add

1245 Category_Articles culture featured fit Hiring Yukari Yamahiro

Cultural fit vs. cultural add

Shared values among staff are certainly important, but if a good fit is all you’re looking for, your firm could go stale. Editor’s note: This post first appeared on the Perkins + Will blog at blog.perkinswill.com. In today’s global hunt for talent, company leaders (the smart ones, anyway) are making a crucial shift. It’s no longer about getting people who are a “cultural fit.” The right hire is one who makes a cultural addition. Facebook, for example, created a more inclusive hiring process by barring interviewers from using phrases related to “fitting” when providing feedback on candidates. They found that...

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Moonshot given

1245 Big Red Dog BIG RED DOG Engineering & Consulting Category_Articles featured opportunity passion project Shaun Theriot-Smith Team

Moonshot given

If you’re a CEO, you need to take a good look at your team. Their passion projects outside of work could end up being multipliers for your firm. The title printed on my business card is “project engineer” and its job description reads much the same as any other production-level design professional in this industry, but that’s roughly where the similarities end. At our firm, your position isn’t a potted plant, all compact and comfortably delineated; it’s your spot in the collective garden, connected to an ecosystem where diversity and synergies are cultivated and elevated. As a member of the...

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Conference call: John Hiltz

1245 Benefits Business Development Category_Articles Entrepreneurship featured John Hiltz leadership pipeline Liisa Andreassen marketing OHM Advisors Ownership Transition Project Managers

Conference call: John Hiltz

President of OHM Advisors (Hot Firm #25 for 2017), a 440-person engineering and architecture firm based in Michigan. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent “Many firms tried to cut their way to success,” says Hiltz, looking back at the Great Recession. “We were fortunate and pushed for growth during the worst of times. I think the decision to focus on maintaining our team during difficult times truly paid off.” A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN HILTZ. The Zweig Letter: The list of responsibilities for project managers is seemingly endless. How do you keep your PMs from burning out? And if they crash, how do...

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Be prepared (obviously)

1245 Category_Articles Client Competition featured Interview Marc Florian Preparation proposal

Be prepared (obviously)

‘Why in the hell should we hire you over all these other firms?’ It’s a simple question you’d better be ready to answer if you want the contract. If you watched any of the Olympics recently you probably saw skiers and bobsledders preparing for their runs by envisioning the course before them; how they planned to negotiate the terrain, twists, and turns ahead. Basketball players and golfers do it, too, envisioning their shot or drive. They’re putting themselves in the place they want to be. They call it “the zone.” It’s when everything seems to work; every shot finds the...

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