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  • Here are some forward-looking thoughts from Hugh, some of which surfaced in the Architectural Record interview: The success that many firms are experiencing in the work-at-home environment will provide more opportunities and flexibility as remote working becomes recognized as a way to do good work, to...

  • How do you avoid burnout? You have to choose to not burnout. Hiring in the A/E market is tight. The work, however, keeps coming. So how do architects and engineers avoid burnout? Here are a few (again not exhaustive) ideas. If everything is a priority...

  • To all our Architectural, Engineering, and Construction colleagues around the world:   We at The Coxe Group have been very grateful to have interacted with so many of you over the last several weeks.  The speed of your response to the pandemic, your prioritization of...

  • Leaders should inspire and influence. Something easier said than done. If we fix our leadership style and expect those we lead to bend to our will, not only will we fall foul of the Platinum Rule (treat others as they want to be treated), but...

  • For firm owners and leaders there are multiple types of transition. Some are easier than others. In approximate order of difficulty, from easiest to hardest, the types of transitions look something like this: ~ Ownership transition ~ Management transition ~ Governance transition ~ Client transition...

  • Acquiring companies is a complex process, especially in #ACEC and #AIA markets. The statistics for success are mediocre at best and atrocious at worst. So why do many deals fail? What are the secrets for those that succeed and exceed expectations? Simply VALUES and ALIGNMENT. Whether selling for retirement purposes...

  • Many firms are looking for great project managers to add to existing teams. Great project managers, ones who can keep deliverables on track, maintaining design and quality standards, while achieving the financial performance a firm desires are in short supply. Great project managers have some...

  • Why don’t you write about service management?” My good friend Andrew Prentice, a Service Management expert asked last week. He pointed out I write about project management, but not service. He has a great point. Andy’s industry separates project management from service management, however in...

  • It has been over a year since I re-posted an article about how people will quit if they don’t trust their boss. Retention is critical for a firm to survive, let alone grow. That is especially the case given the current architectural and engineering hiring...

  • What strategic training The Coxe Group has been doing over the course of the lockdown? Mostly tools and tactics for efficiency related to project delivery. Why is efficiency important? Let’s do the math. For an average week: Three meetings in a week start 5 minutes...