• External engagements

    by sparkman

    Successful people will overcommit where their passion meets a purpose, where service is not a burden but a privilege.

  • Silence of the MEPs

    by sparkman

    On the surface everything might appear to be fine, but back at their office, the consulting engineers might be telling the (painful) truth.

  • Using probability theory

    by sparkman

    “Even if you don’t apply it to your business, knowing probabilities of success will at least keep you from buying scratch tickets or blowing your cash in a slot machine at a casino somewhere!”

  • Employee engagement (Part 4)

    by sparkman

    While management plays an obvious role in this process, employees must also do their part by knowing their roles and doing their jobs.

  • Business and burgers

    by sparkman

    It might seem far fetched, but it’s true. AEC firms can learn a thing or two from the fast-food industry.

  • Be yourself and win

    by sparkman

    In business development, many missteps can be traced back to a lack of understanding and acceptance of who we are.

  • Destination employer: Brent Wright

    by sparkman

    Founder and CEO of Wright Engineers (Best Firm #1 Structural for 2018), a Vegas-headquartered firm where perfection is the goal but excellence is tolerated.

  • The unmanageable employee

    by sparkman

    “If any of these situations sounds familiar – and you have tried to correct the situation by directly confronting it – it may be time to let that person go.”

  • Employee engagement (Part 3)

    by sparkman

    Strong emotional intelligence, empathy, and the ability and capacity to engage the ‘whole person’ move teams and projects forward.

  • The AEC ‘factory’

    by sparkman
    Firm managers run a production process. If the deliverables get out the door, great. If not, cash flow – and company value – could be harmed. Over my career, I…