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Greater than project management, part 2

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Greater than project management, part 2

With more competition, more intensive procurement, higher costs, and increasingly lower fees, firm leaders must leverage the power of mission. We have a mission as an organization. It is why we exist. The best ones attract, inspire, and guide our actions. We also have a mission as individuals. These are more about our “who” than our “why,” and it evolves over time. To maintain success in a marketplace with greater competition, more intensive procurement, higher costs, and increasingly lower fees – and to better position our firms for the future – top leaders and organizations are leveraging the power of...

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Human engineering

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Human engineering

One of the most coveted characteristic traits an engineer can possess is also one of the most elusive.

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Sensitive people

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Sensitive people

“People working in this industry can be sensitive. It’s so easy to turn them off – and difficult to get them going again – if you can!” The difference between making and losing money in the AEC business may only lie in whether or not your people are reasonably happy in their jobs and minimally motivated. And it is so easy to demotivate them! People working in this industry can be sensitive. It’s so easy to turn them off – and difficult to get them going again – if you can! Here are some things to look out for: Public...

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Conference call: Lisa Kay

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Conference call: Lisa Kay

President, Alta Environmental (Best Firm #4 Environmental for 2018), a 50-person firm based in Long Beach, CA. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent “It’s said that people typically don’t leave companies, they leave bosses,” Kay says. “Making sure we cultivate great bosses who create great opportunities for employees to grow and evolve is key.” A CONVERSATION WITH LISA KAY. The Zweig Letter: With technology reducing the time it takes to complete design work, how do you get the AEC industry to start pricing on value instead of hours? Lisa Kay: This is a great question. As an industry we need to really...

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Curating company culture

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Curating company culture

It’s a daunting task, but can result in an energized, unified organization that can withstand setbacks while gaining strength. Companies with a highly engaged workforce have seen a 19.2 percent increase in operating income; highly engaged staff are 87 percent less likely to leave an organization; companies with high staff morale have seen a 16 percent stock price increase compared to low morale companies. But if a company’s culture is weak, fragmented, and internally divisive – that firm has little chance for long-term survival, let alone long-term success. Culture – whether intentional or accidental, good or bad – exists in...

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