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Recent speaking topics have included:

How to Engage Top Talent and Excel as a Professional and as an Organization Without Burnout (Click to Read More)
Excelling and achieving success requires commitment.  It can take 10, 20, 25 or more years to master our craft, make a name, and build our platform.  Although what it takes to excel has not changed over time, the work environment has – particularly over the past two to three decades.  During this period, we have also seen major demographic and societal shifts in how top talent views work and life.

The AEC and professional services industries in general are not immune to the growing epidemic of burnout and disengagement – especially among top talent.  More and more professionals are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.  Many are also pivoting away or shifting their discretionary efforts… and this is at a time when employee recruitment and retention is the #1 issue facing most professional services industries.

As high-achievers and leaders, we need to understand all the factors lead to burnout and disengagement.  Understanding our work-life seasons and ongoing shifts are key to designing personal and organization-based solutions to remain fully engaged and growing while eliminating the threat of burnout.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the specific demographic and societal shifts that affect our work environment today.

2. Understand the Burnout-Disengagement Cycle and how to reverse and prevent it.

3. Understand our four distinct Work-Life Seasons, when we shift from one to another, and how our seasons either compliment or conflict.

4. Understand how employee engagement fits within both traditional and new era AEC and professional services industry growth models.

5. Learn how to keep yourself and your top employees engaged with your firm and its mission.

Additional Learning Objectives are integrated to meet specific needs and opportunities.

Winning with Impact: How to Design More Effective Corporate Social Impact to Standout in both the Marketplace and the Recruiting Space (Click to Read More)
Why doesn’t your organization stand out from the crowd when it comes to attracting top talent?  For many organizations, it’s because leaders haven’t invested in cultivating a culture of employee engagement that champions the advancement of the organization’s goals while making a positive social impact.  And that’s not going to make you an employer of choice in a tight labor market.  Having a business strategy rooted in impact is what will.

Beating the competition for the talent you need means more than great projects, perks, pay, and stability.  True engagement, the kind that the best contributors look for in their next job, centers on systems and supervisors that help employees make a strategic and effective social impact, enhancing both their own and their employer’s brands.  An organization’s social impact strategy also addresses a cross-generational desire for more meaningful work and connections both inside and outside of the office. Despite convincing data that well-designed social impact programs have a high return on investment, barriers still exist for many leaders and organizations. Understanding work-life seasons and ongoing demographic and societal shifts are key to eliminating these internal barriers and making your organization highly attractive to the candidates you need to hire, the talent you need to retain, and the clients you want to serve.  We’ll look at both the data and ways to overcome those barriers this session.

You’ll learn:

  • How effective social impact fits within both traditional and new era AEC and professional services industry growth models
  • How to make performance-based employee engagement and social impact initiatives work in tandem
  • The four archetypes your organization can model: “shareholder maximizers”, “corporate contributors”, “impact integrators”, and “social innovators”.
  • Principles and practices for asset-based community development.
  • The 5-step IMPACT process leaders and organizations can use to differentiate themselves: Inventory, Mission, Planning, Authenticity, Capacity, and Trigger.

Additional Learning Objectives are integrated to meet specific needs and opportunities.

Defining the Personal Significance and Corporate Social Impact Movements for You and Your Business (Click to Read More)

Business today is being shaped by major demographic and societal shifts. These shifts are changing the way both business leaders and employees look at their work and personal lives.  There is a growing desire for clarity and purpose, engagement in meaningful work that allows for personal success, and the ability to have a positive impact on the lives of others. This creates opportunities for business owners and executives who embrace these changes and act to strategically inspire their employees. These actions can then help differentiate and grow the business.   

Once established, strategic philanthropy, partnerships, or corporate social impact programs could be vehicles considered for both employee engagement and development.  These vehicles can also be used for building business brand and influence.

Despite convincing data that well-conceived corporate social impact programs have a positive return on investment, barriers still exist for many businesses.  Deciding on our desired personal and organizational significance is a key aspect to eliminating these internal barriers. Both the data and the barriers will be shared. 

In addition, the latest ‘serving well’ practices will be shared. These are changing the way work is being done in the service and non-profit sectors. Understanding these will test what we learned in the past, and will allow us to be better partners individually or as a part of a successful corporate social impact program.

‘Serving Well’ Principles and Practices (Click to Read More)

When people are exposed to human need or poverty and all that surrounds it, many are moved to want to help. Meeting urgent needs is essential, but a distinct strategy is necessary for the successful long-term development of both people and their communities. This presentation will share the experience gained in serving locally here in the U.S. and abroad.

Impactful community engagement and development projects will be shared.  Projects include those designed to build both awareness and support, as well as, projects designed to build the capacity of others – both the servers and the served.

The presentation will highlight the challenges and opportunities of serving today in general, as well as, the challenges and opportunities of serving in specific contexts where needs exist. The presentation will also reveal the important role an asset-based community development strategy plays in project outcomes, the distinctions between relief, rehabilitation and development efforts, and convey how professional skills can be leveraged in the process.

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