• Investment value

    by sparkman

    Is your firm an investment value candidate? If you’re looking to sell, this is the level of value at which you have the most opportunity to maximize your exit.

  • Being a better supervisor

    by sparkman

    “A lot of managers in AEC firms – design and technical people who have become managers – need to learn a few supervisory basics.”

  • Say what!?

    by sparkman

    If you’re a firm owner or design professional, don’t leave contractors guessing. Using plain language, make your intent clear to avoid disputes, change orders, and claims.

  • Identifying opportunities: Bill Inman

    by sparkman

    President and CEO of Hitchcock Design Group (Best Firm Architecture #7 for 2018), a 35-person landscape architecture firm headquartered in Naperville, Illinois.

  • Embrace change

    by sparkman

    Whether it’s growth, ownership transition, diversity and inclusion, or technology, firms shouldn’t shy away from change if they want to be successful.

  • What they want

    by sparkman

    Employees at AEC firms say they need ample opportunities to learn and train. My advice is to give them what they’re asking for.

  • Core values: Luke A. Heath

    by sparkman

    Portland office leader for PCS Structural Solutions believes in the legacy of engineering as a community builder.

  • Fast (and problematic) growth

    by sparkman

    If you’re like the rest of us, your firm is busy. But as the projects and revenue pour in, so do plenty of problems that you’ll have to deal with.

  • Up and bummer

    by sparkman

    At what should be an incredibly productive and exciting time in the lives of young professionals, the AEC industry is failing to engage.

  • Charismatic versus institutional leadership

    by sparkman

    “It’s a debate that’s been ongoing for years in our industry, thanks in no small part to the popularity of Good to Great, an academic study of huge, publicly-traded corporations and other organizations.”