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Episode 093: Critical and Strategic Thinking for the New Era – Part 1


Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast is part one of a special two-part series focused on thinking – particularly the types of critical and strategic thinking needed to achieve greater growth, success, and impact in this new era and beyond. 

Critical and Strategic Thinking for the New Era –
Part 1 

The scope and magnitude of change we’ve experienced and continue to experience is huge… and the “shifts” in terms of the workplace, marketplace, and recruiting space we’ve spoken about in recent episodes is very real. 

So, how can we be best positioned to succeed as leaders, teams, and organizations? 

The first step is to think – and to do so critically and strategically. 

Listen in to this first episode of a special two-part series as we breakdown what it means to think more critically and specifically do so in the context of some of our hottest industry issues and opportunities. 

“Critical thinking is a choice – a choice to create time and space to analyze facts in a rational and self-disciplined, directed, and monitored way with the goal to form a position, perspective, or point of view – not just an opinion!”

— Peter C. Atherton, P.E.

In this episode, we breakdown the three common areas we benefit from thinking more critically about including: 

  1. The information we receive,
  2. The trajectory that we’re on, and 
  3. How the world is changing around us 

… and do so in the context of: 

  1. Private equity and M&A (mergers and acquisitions), 
  2. Remote and hybrid work, and 
  3. Technology 

“My goal, as we’ve gone through elements and considerations related to private equity and M&A, remote and hybrid work, and technology, is in no way to tell you what to think… just to help you and your team do so in ways that can best help you achieve your vision, mission, goals, and objectives better, faster, and more effectively.”

— Peter C. Atherton, P.E.

Stay tuned too for Part 2 of this series focusing in the strategic thinking and planning aspects.

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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.

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Episode 093: Critical and Strategic Thinking for the New Era – Part 1