Our services address the business of design and construction in leadership, practice and marketing.

Practice

Clark Listening

Running a successful firm is complex and demands agility to address external and internal change. We work with clients to increase their effectiveness through organizational development, practice management, and strategic planning, as well as assisting clients with ownership transitions.

SERVICE AREAS
  • Employee Surveys
  • Internal Ownership Transition
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Merger & Acquisition Representation
  • Organizational Development
  • Practice Management
  • Project Team Performance
  • Strategic Planning

Employee Surveys

Recruiting and retaining great staff is critical in today’s competitive marketplace. Employees are both the engine of an organization and they can be the firm’s best advocates and marketers. To find out what employees really think means giving them a safe platform on which to communicate. We conduct confidential assessments of employee motivation, culture, and commitment, and recommend steps to build the firm’s strength through its leaders, associates, and staff.

Internal Ownership Transition

Privately held design and construction firms are often challenged in transferring ownership from one generation to the next. Retiring partners or shareholders deserve to be rewarded for their career-long investments, but ownership must be attractive and affordable for younger leaders. We help firms select the right ownership models and manage the transition process.

Meeting Facilitation

We offer a full range of facilitation services for all types of meetings. Our first step is to define the sequence of topics that respond to the concerns of all the participants. During the meetings, we make sure that the group keeps to the topics, engages in honest and forthright discussion, stays on schedule, and reaches meaningful conclusions. Where needed, we offer our opinions and insight.

Merger & Acquisition Representation

When firms want to acquire other companies in order to grow in new market sectors, expand into new geographies, or get access to new clients, we help them find candidate acquisition firms. We also represent owners who are selling their firms externally with the aim of becoming part of a larger platform, getting access to more leadership, or allowing them to transition out at the end of their careers.

Organizational Development

Effective firm organization and leadership drive innovation, business performance, client satisfaction, and the quality of the work itself. The right structure and governance help individuals and the whole team reach their fullest potential. We benchmark against other comparable firms, and then suggest the most appropriate models that will support our clients’ goals.

Practice Management

The business of design and construction is more complex than ever. As experienced industry leaders, we help firms address their organization, management, and performance issues–advising them on their financial models, leadership roles, compensation, overhead services and costs, and business practices.

Project Team Performance

Client relationships and projects are the basic business units for every design and construction firm. A project can be like a new enterprise, often involving partners who’ve never worked together before. We help design firms, builders, and owners select appropriate delivery strategies, engage and align the right team members, and apply appropriate management practices for project success.

Strategic Planning

In strategic planning, a firm envisions its future and determines how to get there. Firms that engage in this process not only create a five-year compass, but they are also better able to motivate and keep their staff committed. We start with the framework and tools from formal strategic planning, and then customize a process that suits each client’s needs and preferences.