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Meet market demand by accident and you are sure to fail

We’re all busy trying to bring in new business, service clients at the highest level possible and bill at high rates. Because this requires so much focus, strategic planning can take a back seat. If you tread water, living off

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Posted in Business Learning, Change Management, Growth & Profit Strategies, Strategic Planning

Why you should discuss business innovation before best practices

I think we can all agree that AEC leaders and their firms like to do their best. It’s the nature of those in the industry, right? So, the question is, “what is best?” Is it best in services, or best

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Posted in Growth & Profit Strategies

How to turn on a dime, seize market opportunities and maximize profits

California’s historic drought is all over the news. You can’t escape it. And, for those people and businesses affected, it’s a tragedy. Like any natural disaster, there are industries, such as engineering and energy in this case, that can benefit

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Posted in Growth & Profit Strategies, Strategic Planning

It takes a village– how to develop your own personal community of advisors

It can be lonely at the top but it doesn’t have to be. Just as your employees rely on each other for collaboration, brainstorming, feedback, etc., you too, as the leader, need this support. But it doesn’t always come naturally

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Posted in Growth & Profit Strategies, Leadership/Management

Feel like it’s all on your CEO shoulders? It does not have to be.

Have you considered that trusted advisers might be key to your successful career? You probably have. In fact, a survey published in Harvard Business Review in 2013, reported that nearly all CEOs say they saw value in having an adviser.

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Posted in Growth & Profit Strategies, Leadership/Management

CEOs’ top role: Get the most out of your employees

When talking strategic direction, we often talk in terms of the role of the CEO and what he or she must do to encourage greater productivity and alignment. We don’t focus as much on the role of the employees, although we all know we’d be

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Posted in Growth & Profit Strategies, Leadership/Management, Strategic Planning

If you’re not leading with these, your company is jeopardizing success

As a leader, your job is to look at the big picture and, naturally, much of your attention is on essential items like growing revenue and controlling expenses. Typically, there’s less time spent strategizing on how to lead than the

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Posted in Growth & Profit Strategies, Leadership/Management, Strategic Planning

Hire for Growth, Educate to Execute (A true story)

The planning process is essential to establish broad goals, but it doesn’t start or stop there. As owners, if you have an interest in growing the business, success will come a lot easier if your employees are growth minded. The way to

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Posted in Business Learning, Growth & Profit Strategies, Hiring and Retention, Strategic Planning

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