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Episode 094: Critical and Strategic Thinking for the New Era – Part 2


Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast is part two 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 2 

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. 

This episode is designed to build on and advance what we began in Part 1 as we continue to take on some of the biggest issues and opportunities we face in AEC. 

In this episode, we specifically take-on and go deep into:

  • Employee engagement, 
  • Team and organizational development, and 
  • Personal and professional success


… and do so through the very powerful lens of strategic thinking.

“Strategic thinking is a process of considering how unique insights do, have, or could work in the context of the ‘bigger picture of connected realities’ to help us better understand all that’s needed to achieve a better present or future of our choosing.”

— Peter C. Atherton, P.E.

Downloadable images referenced in the podcast episode:

The Target Logic Model for Work Today (source: Reversing Burnout book

Reasons for Turnover Per Generation (source: 2022 Present and Future of Work in Engineering and Architecture Report)  

“In comparison to critical thinking, strategic thinking is as much ‘art and skill’ as it is a choice… and is something we can get progressively better at.”

— Peter C. Atherton, P.E.

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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.

Trace the steps to preventing and reversing burnout in you and your team.

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Episode 094: Critical and Strategic Thinking for the New Era – Part 2