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Episode 095: Leading Your Firm Forward


Today’s episode of the AEC Leadership Today podcast is designed to help us to more fully understand change and to take advantage of the magnitude and opportunity of the moment as we lead ourselves, our teams, and our firms forward. 

Leading Your Firm Forward 

Like most large-scale systematic events, March 2020 gave ‘official birth’ to a new era of work and life, one with new rules, new ways of thinking, and lots of big change. 

We’re already seeing more innovators and early adopters win in terms of the workplace, marketplace, and recruiting space, while others fall behind. But it’s not too late! 

We just need to begin to think and act differently about the change – much of which is already here and pretty clear. 

In this episode, we share some different thinking to help us to act more urgently and strategically about the specific changes that have already come in order to take advantage of the magnitude and opportunity of the moment as we lead ourselves, our teams, and our firms forward.

Listen in now as we talk about:

  • All that’s upon us,
  • How new ideas flow,
  • The cycles that enable our growth, and 
  • The “golden” opportunity that awaits us – should we choose to take on ‘what’s now’ and ‘what’s next’ in this new era. 

“Although some things in life don’t change, just about everything else does; and if we want to become – or to stay – relevant to others and effective in our relationships and our craft, we need to change too.”

— Peter C. Atherton, P.E.

Downloadable images referenced in the podcast episode:

Illustration of the Theory of Diffusion of Innovation (source: Reversing Burnout book

“There’s always a lag, and there’s either an opportunity – a ‘golden gap’ – or a cost – an ‘opportunity trap’ – associated with it, depending on when, or whether, we act.”

— Peter C. Atherton, P.E.

Illustration of the Sigmoid Curve (source: Reversing Burnout book

“Success is never a “straight line” and, the fact is, that any success we do have, will not last forever unless we proactively pivot toward what’s new or needed in our constantly changing and evolving environments.”

— 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.

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Episode 095: Leading Your Firm Forward