Our services address the business of design and construction in leadership, management, marketing, people, public relations, communications and sustainability
The success of any design firm, construction firm or project team is based on the talents and contributions of its people. In today’s market, competition for talent is often more intense than competition for new work. The most talented professionals demand transparency and strong communication – they want to know how a firm works, how they can support its mission, and how they will have opportunities to grow.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consulting
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition in the AEC industry that internal leadership demographics have not kept pace with diversity in our broader communities. We work with firms by conducting rigorous internal demographic research and then defining and developing changes in both culture and policy to encourage inclusion.
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.
To support long-term leadership development, we design individualized programs for people in leadership roles that increase awareness and engage new ways of responding. Through coaching, they improve their collaboration and communication skills, are able to more effectively handle challenging situations or individuals, become better at inspiring clients and staff, and create workplaces with improved teamwork.
Meeting & Retreat Facilitation
We facilitate key meetings, planning sessions and retreats. Our first step is to define the areas of concern to all the participants, then to properly sequence them for discussion. During the meeting itself, we make sure that the group keeps to the topics, engages openly in discussion, stays on schedule, and reaches meaningful conclusions. As consultants who work with a wide range of firms, we also offer our opinions and insight about best practices.
Presentation & Communication Training
We deliver communication and presentation skills development workshops for staff at all levels. Our workshops enhance participants’ abilities to prepare effectively for competitive marketing presentations, to talk clearly about design and management ideas, and to improve communication among team members.
Teambuilding & Alignment
Today’s design and construction projects are increasingly complex, demanding a broader array of expertise and experience than ever before. Many projects are undertaken by people who’ve never worked together before, like a whole new enterprise focused on a specific client and building challenge. We help project teams develop a single focus, overcome conflict, and improve performance at any point in the process.