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Learning from Heroes: Memorial Day Reflections

Memorial Day Morning, 2014

Memorial Day is a day, a weekend, in which we typically kickoff summer. Parades, picnics and festivals are all celebrations of the coming months. Yet through it all, we should not forget the solemnity for which the holiday was created. The sacrifices others have made on our behalf to retain our freedoms and our way of life. It is why the United States remains the most desired place on Earth to live.

Purposeful Leadership: Reputation and Principles

Over the past week, I have come across articles about firms in our industry who are paying substantial fines for fraudulent practices. Unrelated to that, some colleagues from Atlanta were discussing the issues in the Atlanta school system, where a few years ago, teachers had test correction parties to alter answers on tests before they were run through the scanners, so that they could point to improved test scores.

5 Lessons for Managing People, Projects and Organizations

While I’ve written about some of these issues before, below is a compilation of some Lessons Learned that are important to remember in managing people, organizations, projects and tasks. These are a few things that I have learned over time. Hopefully, they will serve as a reminder to me, and will be helpful to others as a guide to their efforts to move people and companies forward.

 

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.

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.

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.

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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