How to Manage Organizational Disputes and Embrace All Perspectives

Every organization endures some friction amongst its staff. Even the most experienced and cohesive management team will encounter disagreement and dispute. It reflects human nature, and it is healthy for the organization to have some conflict.

An Empathetic Ear: How Listening Impacts Project and Customer Success

On every project, there is at least one person on the client’s side for whom this project is a career opportunity. If you think about it, each project we complete is a critical strategic initiative that a client company entrusts to the leader of the project. For some of our projects, it is a bet on the future of the company we are working for.

Importance of Transportation Information for Successful Site Selection

From Austin Consulting

Inbound and outbound transportation or freight costs are typically one of the highest expenditures for many companies. They are also one of the most important cost factors considered during the early phases of site location while determining the most favorable area for the new location. These costs are extremely complex to calculate due to the combination of transportation modes and the intricacy of the variables within each transportation scenario.

Change Management: How to Influence the Future

Embrace future leaders by tempering their energy and perspectives with the experience and wisdom of current leaders…

Many things are happening. Sales, strategies, challenges, people, opportunities and expectations all require a focus and attention that demand commitment and dedication to sustaining the work we do well into the future. When you’re part of a 135-year-old company, it is interesting to reflect on what the past leaders might have contemplated about future generations of leaders in the Company.

Designing and Building Hospitals of the Future

Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, there has been much speculation and many opinions as to how this sweeping law will impact the American healthcare system. Now, four years later, as the first open enrollment deadline of March 31 passes, uncertainty still exists, but we now have a better grasp on the enormous change that is, and will be, taking place throughout the healthcare system.

Company Values: Recognizing Austin’s All Stars

Companies approach the development of Mission, Vision and Values statements in a number of ways. How they come up with them is one thing. How they reflect reality and become one and the same with how the company operates, even exists, is a whole different thing.

Design and Construction Industry Outlook - Optimism Abounds

Two recent surveys indicate widespread optimism about the economy and our industry.

First, a McKinsey & Company survey of global executives points to a great amount of optimism. In this survey, when asked about current North American economic conditions compared with six months ago, 59% said they were either ‘substantially better’ or ‘moderately better’, while 30% reported they were about the same. When asked what they expect conditions to be in six months, 51% said they will be ‘substantially better’ or ‘moderately better’, and 39% said they would be the same. In short, only about 10% of North American executives surveyed said they thought conditions were declining.

5 Common Pitfalls of Conducting Site Selection In-House

Brandon Talbert, Location Consultant with Austin Consulting

As companies plan where to locate their next facility, a decision is typically made early on as to whether the process will be managed in-house or with the assistance of a third-party.  It may seem logical to manage the process in-house for a variety of reasons. After all, nobody knows your business better than you do. However, the value of utilizing the expertise and guidance of an experienced third-party consultant cannot be underestimated. Here are five common pitfalls of conducting the site selection process in-house:

The Importance of Not Just Meeting, but Exceeding Expectations

I am attending an industry conference this week. It’s a big, annual meeting of industry executives and we are getting updates on all the things the presenting organizations do for their members. Membership with these organizations is not a small investment and the cost to send people to this conference is also not a small investment.

Continuous Improvement Strategies that Defy Corporate Aging

The Editor for Smart Business Cleveland, Fred Koury, recently wrote “Efficiency is the end goal for every business…Never stop innovating ways to be more efficient in every aspect of your business.”

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The Austin Company

The Austin Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of in-house services, including planning, architectural design, engineering, design-build, construction management, and construction, as well as site location and operations improvement consulting, for commercial and industrial companies throughout North America, Europe and Asia. 

Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1878, we continue to uphold our founder's Core Values and believe in providing, "Honest work, well done." Our facility solutions are developed and implemented to improve your operations and make them more efficient - the results you receive are more than just shade and shelter for your business.

In addition to services for the built environment, Austin offers value-added strategic planning services, such as site location, transportation and distribution consulting, and facility and process audits. Our Results, not Excuses® approach provides you with expertise and innovative solutions for your facility challenges.

Check out our blog for Austin's insights on everything from site location to leadership in the design, engineering and construction industry.   

The Austin Company headquarters remain in Cleveland, with additional offices in Irvine, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and St. Louis, Missouri; in addition to Mexico City and Leon, Mexico. Austin became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kajima USA Group in 2005 and is a proud member of the Kajima family of companies. Kajima Corporation is a leading global engineering and construction contractor. 

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