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Finding out what you’re good at

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Finding out what you’re good at

It seems to me that one of the keys to being a really successful design professional is figuring out what you are really good at and doing more of it. No one is good at everything – or, at least, very few are. So you have to specialize. Some of us resist this idea. We don’t want to be “pigeon-holed” or unduly restricted. We get bored easily. We are creative. We like to learn new things. There’s nothing wrong with that, but: The market doesn’t reward lack of specialization. It doesn’t matter whether you are talking about doctors, lawyers, management...

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Prove it, part 2

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Prove it, part 2

In yesteryear, leadership could get away with glaring inconsistencies, but these days, young professionals aren’t having it. In my last article, “Prove It,” I explained why organizational trust, employee choice, in addition to path and purpose, were the three critical areas that an organization must pay special attention to as it relates to the young professionals in their organization. In this article, I want to dive deeper into the topic of organizational trust. It is my belief that leadership, in any walk of life, has the responsibility to be clearly committed to the communications made to those they lead. As...

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Your own worst enemy

1263 Category_Articles featured investment risk Tracey Eaves Valuation Value ZG Team

Your own worst enemy

If you don’t identify and address your firm’s problems, you could increase the measure of risk while decreasing value. There is a four-letter word floating around out there that’s probably the first that comes to mind when someone is determining whether an investment is worthwhile. Guessed it yet? If you haven’t, then I’ll tell you: It’s risk. Anyone with a pile of money looking to invest does not generally do so without first assessing the riskiness of an investment, the likelihood of receiving a return on that investment, and the level of risk present to determine how much return will...

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Conference call: Henry Gallart

1263 Business Development Category_Articles design-build Diversification Entrepreneurship featured Growth Henry Gallart leadership pipeline Liisa Andreassen marketing Ownership Transition Project Managers SidePlate

Conference call: Henry Gallart

CEO of SidePlate (Best Firm Structural #4 for 2018), a civil engineering firm based in Mission Viejo, California. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent “There is no question that organic growth is the way to go,” Gallart says. “M&A can help you grow your firm, but it comes at a price – many times a high price.” A CONVERSATION WITH HENRY GALLART. The Zweig Letter: Diversifying the portfolio is never a bad thing. What are the most recent steps you’ve taken to broaden your revenue streams? Henry Gallart: We’re exploring new marketplaces such as airports and high-rise buildings where we haven’t historically...

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The threat is real

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The threat is real

If you haven’t created a culture of cyber security, you’re asking for big trouble, like long-term damage to your firm’s reputation. Protection from cyberattacks involves much more than firewalls and encrypted passwords. Of course, these measures are imperative pieces to securing your system. Empowering employees to be hyper-vigilant and engaged in preventing attacks, however, is the first line of defense in keeping systems secure and operational. Creating an immersive, prevalent culture of awareness safeguards assets and is built through: Employee diligence Creating awareness (and accountability) at all levels of an organization Implementing new technology and continually revisiting technology already in...

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