Category Archives: Innovative Strategies

Includes thoughts about the future and how to adapt to it.

Engendering Trust and Respect

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the place of “trust” and “respect” in the work we do.  What is it, how do we get it, give it and sustain it?  Why do some people and teams we work with … Continue reading

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Nurture Your Networks

It’s been a while since I last posted a blog. Here’s why: I moved to Reno, Nevada last December and have become very busy in “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Why Reno? many have asked. I could cite … Continue reading

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“Coopetition” is good business

I hadn’t heard this word (a contraction of cooperation and competition) for a while, but it has come to mind several times lately as I have listened to some recent conversations. The obvious ones have had to do with politics … Continue reading

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Should Architecture and Engineering Firms Offer Program Management Services?

Architects and engineers have long complained about their relationships with program managers. “They challenge us on our fees. They don’t understand the value we provide. As owners’ representatives, they don’t do very much. I come away from a meeting, and … Continue reading

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The Professional Project Manager

I’m a staunch advocate for the professional project manager – not necessarily ones trained in architecture or engineering.  Too many architecture and engineering candidates with management talent have self-sorted out of the profession during their school years or have been … Continue reading

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Expanding Your Business

Business has been good lately in the A/E professions. Opportunities abound, yet many firms struggle with the question of if, where and how to grow their business. Expansion is tough, complicated and expensive, and the landscape is littered with firms … Continue reading

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Building Your Brand Through Your Recruiting Process

I’ll bet you never imagined your recruiting process could be an important brand-building tool for your firm. How can that be? Here’s how I see it: If you’re recruiting opportunistically (i.e., I need to hire someone to fulfill a role… … Continue reading

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The Importance of Cultural Immersion

What happens when someone joins your firm? Do you merely sit them down in front of a computer terminal and tell them to “get to work” or do you spend a little more time with them to give them a … Continue reading

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Emotional Intelligence

An article appeared in the Huffington Post in early December posing the question, “How emotionally intelligent are you?” This has been a hot topic around the subject of leadership and what makes a leader successful for a number of years … Continue reading

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Deep Engagement, Context & Clarity

Within my organization (Gensler, while I was there) and many of the organizations I consult with today, I have discovered a “secret sauce” to achieve firm success. I offer three concepts: 1) Deep engagement; 2) Context; and 3) Clarity. To … Continue reading

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