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Episode 059: Closing Your Current and Next-Gen Leadership Gaps

Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast features Pamela Scott, Founder and Executive Coach at Mentor Loft. There’s no easy “hack” or downloadable app to get us to be our individual and collective best, but there are ways to achieve our greatest potential faster, and do so with a lot less pain and wasted effort. Talking through this how best to do this while closing our leadership gaps is our focus for today.


Closing Your Current and Next-Gen Leadership Gaps

We all have gaps – individually, as a team, and as an organization – but how do we: 1) recognize them, and 2) bridge them? 

Our episode today digs into both… and we get into the real, and sometimes messy, stuff that comes with leader and organizational training and development at all levels. Listen in as we discuss current and next-generation differences and similarities, coaching, leadership and management development, who’s responsible for what, and the power of asking great questions. 

This conversation is also a great example of the dialogue format we have here on the podcast to allow for better, deeper, and more thoughtful conversations into subjects that matter, and in ways that allow you to learn, speak about, and share.


“The things that I cover with CEOs [at firms] aren’t what they were taught at college. They taught you how to be engineers, they didn’t teach you how to manage a $10 Million Business.”

—Pamela Scott


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Pam’s background, what led her to AEC, and her particular expertise in communication.
  • The similarities and unique differences when working with C-suite and next-generation leaders. 
  • Challenges faced by upper management when it comes to leading a firm effectively.
  • How we can recognize the right next-generation talent to invest in.
  • How we can recognize and actually bridge the gaps between current and next-generation leaders in terms of action – and how it must be the leader’s mission to find and bridge these gaps.
  • Delegation and the differences between ‘telling’ and ‘teaching’, and the compounding benefits when we and our teams teach.
  • The benefits of executive and next-generation coaching, how best to design training and development today, and the importance of giving good feedback. 

“Telling is never the way to help anybody learn. The way you help people learn is to ask them questions that make them think…asking questions makes people think, and when they think, they make better decisions.”

—Pamela Scott


Pam’s experience and wisdom are invaluable in today’s fast-moving, ever-changing, and increasingly competitive world. Being purposeful about becoming our best and closing our leadership gaps is a must-have for success, and I hope you enjoyed and got as much from this conversation with Pam as I did. 


About Pamela Scott

Pam is an executive coach to CEOs, business owners, and their next-gen leaders. She focuses on communication, managing people, leadership, and emotional intelligence. Her tagline says it best: “Numbers may drive the business, but people drive the numbers.”®

Pam started her company more than 20 years ago. For much of that time, Pam has coached engineers and architects to be leaders in their companies. 

She brings more than 25 years of communications expertise and leadership experience as

  • A national award-winning newspaper editor
  • A communications specialist writing for Congress
  • A successful entrepreneur specializing in coaching clients to reach their full potential

Clients have ranged from solo practitioners to companies such as Turner Broadcasting System, Coca Cola, Federal Reserve Bank, and engineering firms such as Walter P. Moore. For 15 years, Pam was a member of Vistage, an international organization of CEOs.

Pam has a master’s in education and human development from George Washington University and a bachelor’s in communication from Bethany College. In Toastmasters, she has achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leadership Bronze levels.


Thanks for listening to the AEC Leadership Today Podcast!

I sincerely hope you enjoyed today’s episode. Be sure to contact Pam to learn more about coaching, Mentor Loft, and what it takes to fully develop talent as a leader in the workplace. If you like what you heard, please leave a review on iTunes and share the podcast with your friends and colleagues. Look forward to seeing you in the next episode!


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About the Host

Peter C. Atherton, P.E. is an AEC industry insider having spent more than 20 years as a successful professional civil engineer, principal, major owner, and member of the board of directors for high-achieving firms.  Pete is now the President and Founder of ActionsProve, LLC, author of Reversing Burnout. How to Immediately Engage Top Talent and Grow! A Blueprint for Professionals and Business Owners, and the creator of the I.M.P.A.C.T. process. Pete works with AEC firms and leaders to grow and advance their success through modern and new era focused strategic planning and implementation, executive coaching, leadership and management development, performance-based employee engagement, and corporate impact design.

Episode 059: Closing Your Current and Next-Gen Leadership Gaps