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Firm Strategic Assessments

  • Full Assessment (6 Steps)
  • Mini Assessment (3 Steps)
  • Combination Assessment

 

Management by Accountability (MBA) Management System

  • Annual Firm Strategic Goals (One-Page Strategic Plan)
  • Supported by Employee Action Plans (Objectives) for Executive Management and Staff

 

Strategic Planning Workshops

  • SWOT Analysis
  • Vision Statement
  • Mission Statement
  • Core Values
  • Long-Term Objectives
  • Short-Term Objectives
  • Strategic Goals Training
  • Strategic Goals
  • Employee Action Plans Guidelines
  • Employee Action Plans (Objectives)
  • One-Page Strategic Plans (Employee Specific for Management and Staff)

 

Research Reports (Examples)

  • Competitor Assessment Reports
  • BIM Product Information Models (BIM) Research Report
  • Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
  • Design Industry Organizations Research Report
  • USGBC Assessment Report
  • Market Potential Report
  • Firm Requested Custom Research
  • International Cultural Business Protocol Research
  • Potential Strategic Project Associations Research

 

Design Firms Strategic Forums

  • Discussion Forum for Non-Competitor Design Firms
  • Attendance by Invitation Only and Limited to Maximum of Five Firms
  • Promotes Strategic Thinking, Probing Discussions, Best Practices and Networking
  • Non-Competitive Environment Embracing Collaboration, Confidentiality, Transparency and Professional Growth
  • Enhance Overall Performance of Each Company by Sharing Knowledge of Best Practices and Address Critical Issues of Common Importance
  • Discussion Agenda Established by Participants Addressing Common Challenges, Opportunities and Threats
  • Integrating a Multi-Discipline Practice (Architecture, Interior Design and Consulting Engineering)
  • De-mystifying the Process of Fellowship in the AIA
  • Instilling the Value and Virtue of a Business Perspective Within the Designer: Good Business and Good Design Are Indeed Complementary
  • Effective Project Management Within the Practice Studio As the Road to Profitability
  • Creating the Winning Project Procurement Message and Its Effective Delivery: Improve your Win/ Loss Ratio

 

Design Firms Client Strategic Forums

  • By-Invitation-Only Forum for Non-Competing Highly Valued Clients of Design Firms and Limited to Maximum of Six Firms
  • Promotes Strategic Thinking, Probing Discussions, Best Practices and Networking Opportunities
  • Non-Competitive Environment Embracing Collaboration, Confidentiality, Transparency and Professional Growth
  • Enhance Overall Performance of Each Firm by Sharing Knowledge of Best Practices and Address Critical Issues of Common Importance
  • Discussion Agenda includes Input from all Participants to Address Common Challenges, Opportunities, Critical Issues and Threats

 

Strategic Planning Documents

  • Strategic Business Plan
  • Mission Statement
  • Vision Statement
  • Marketing Plan

 

Business Development and Marketing

  • Assessment of Performance
  • Organization Structure
  • Incentive Compensation Plan
  • Business Development and Marketing Training
  • Marketing Management Manual
  • Separate Offices Management Manual
  • Official Job Descriptions
  • Success Assessments

 

Market Surveys and Client Feedback

  • Client Satisfaction Surveys
  • Competitor Assessment Surveys
  • Surveys per Client Request

 

New Design Services Development Process

  • Assessment of Current Design Services and Delivery Method
  • Assessment of New Services Opportunities and Innovation Process
  • Accountability for Results

 

Human Resources

  • Annual Performance Appraisal (One-Page Form)
  • Employee Performance Rating Profiles (One-Page Form)
  • 360° Performance Appraisal (One-Page Form)
  • Official Job Descriptions
  • Employee Development (One-Page Training Templates)
  • Recruiting, Interviewing and Hiring Candidates
  • Integrated Multi-Discipline Employee Teams
  • Salary and Incentive Compensation
  • Recruiting (Sales, Engineering, Management, etc.)
  • Employee Satisfaction Surveys (One-Page Form)

 

General Management

  • Management by Accountability (MBA) Management System
  • Acquisitions
  • Mergers
  • Sales
  • Key Measurement Report (Dashboard Report)
  • Leadership by Example Seminar
  • Management Succession
  • Industry Association Advocate
  • Introductions to Prospective Clients
  • Market Assessment and Business Development Planning
  • Winning Project Procurement Approaches
  • Procurement Coaching on Individual Project Pursuits (RFI’s, RFQ’s, RFP’s, Project Teaming and Interview Preparation)
  • Establishing the “Go/ No Go” Process in Project Selection: Chasing the Right Projects
  • Coaching for Project Managers, Team Leaders, Principal Candidates and Principals/ Senior Leadership
  • Going “International”: What That Means
  • Cultural Competency Coaching for Firms Aspiring to an International Practice

 

Marketing Communications/Advertising

  • Branding
  • Budget
  • Annual Marketing Assessment Plan
  • Strategic Priorities
  • Marketing Materials, Web Site, Brochures, Reprints
  • Media Advertising
  • Web Site
  • Promotional Tools
  • Selling Tools
  • Press Releases
  • Processes and Procedures

 

Ideally, it is best to select a consultant that can relate to your business and industry. There is no substitute for experience! Additionally, look for these attributes in a prospective consultant:

  • Professional reputation.
  • Problem-solving ability and results-oriented track record.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Essential knowledge of client’s business and industry.
  • Strong integrity, leadership and character traits.
  • Management fundamentals of business with a diversified background.
  • Awareness of “Best Practices” within business and industry.
  • At least 10 years longevity in the consulting business.
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