As firms grow and become more complex, there is a need for the operations to evolve with it. AEC firms commonly plateau at certain sizes and that is in large part due to the inability of the current organization to handle the demands of the larger business effectively. It can be difficult to imagine a next generation process or organization when you are in the middle of executing in the current organization. This is a place where a guide can be very useful to envision and implement the evolution required to grow. Has your evolution stalled and could you use help pushing through to the next level?
Program & Project Management
A shortage in leadership is often cited as a major gap in the growth of the AEC companies. The fact is AEC firms need leadership at every level not just the executive level. Ground zero for leadership in our companies is often found in the role of Project Architect, Engineer, Manager, Construction Manager or Superintendent. There are new technical skills that are needed as people grow into these leadership roles. Integrating leadership lessons into the development of basic management skills is a great opportunity to develop leadership in your company. Do you need increased leadership in your organization?
Mergers & Acquisitions
The process of buying or selling a business is complicated and contains many nuanced elements. It’s a big bet and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Of course, you will need legal and financial expert assistance along the way, but what about strategy, culture, and integration? An experienced guide in these aspects of M&A may be the missing piece of your puzzle. Do you need assistance with M&A?
In his book Traction, Gino Wickman introduces the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). While this book wasn’t aimed specifically at the AEC industry it is a great fit for companies between 5 and 500 people. If you are feeling stuck, struggling to scale or feel like you’re losing control, this system could be the solution for you. Having implemented the system in a design and construction company, we know that it works. It could be the perfect toolset to transition from a traditional professional services partnership to a well-organized scalable business model. Interested in exploring EOS further?