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The Zweig Group provides management information and expertise to architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms worldwide. Our books, magazines, research reports, seminars, conferences, awards programs, and consulting services provide Design Firm leaders with the tools they need to be more successful! The Zweig Letter Podcast is a regular dose of ideas, topics, and information discussed in our Newsletter. The Zweig Letter is one of the longest-running newsletters in the Design Industry.

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The Zweig Group provides management information and expertise to architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms worldwide. Our books, magazines, research reports, seminars, conferences, awards programs, and consulting services provide Design Firm leaders with the tools they need to be more successful! The Zweig Letter Podcast is a regular dose of ideas, topics, and information discussed in our Newsletter. The Zweig Letter is one of the longest-running newsletters in the Design Industry.

    Building the Future: Kyle Cheerangie's Blueprint for Young Engineers

    Building the Future: Kyle Cheerangie's Blueprint for Young Engineers

    Building the Future: Kyle Cheerangie's Blueprint for Young Engineers"You have to practice designing... You have to know what it feels like to load that information into your brain."
    - Kyle Cheerangie
    Summary:
    In this insightful episode of the Zweig Letter podcast, host Randy Wilburn sits down with the brilliant Kyle Cheerangie, a department manager in South Florida whose expertise in roadway and highway design is shaping the future of infrastructure. Kyle's passion for engineering and his dedication to the profession shines through as he discusses the critical path from technical proficiency to project management.
    Kyle offers a deep dive into his journey, from his early days in Trinidad to his current role at HNTB, and the importance of gaining technical skills early in one's career. He emphasizes the value of mentorship, the power of reading and continuous learning, and the challenges facing the industry, including recruitment and the need to inspire the next generation of engineers.
    Key Highlights
    Kyle Cheerangie's approach to engineering and the significance of building a solid technical foundation in the first few years of one's career.The impact of work-life balance discussions on young professionals and the evolution of the workplace post-COVID.The benefits of joining professional societies like ASCE and ITE to accelerate career growth and networking.Kyle's perspective on public speaking, recruitment, and the potential of AI in the design industry.A curated list of five must-read books for young engineers, aimed at fostering a mindset geared towards innovation and success.
    All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.
    Resources:Website Engineered Journals
    Kyle Cheerangie on LinkedIn
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    Other episodes you'll enjoy:Building an Engaged and Purpose-Driven Design Firm: The Rebranding Journey - Jerrod Hogan
    Driving Excellence: The Impact of Recognizing Achievements on Workplace Success with Anna Finley
    AI and how it will impact the Design Industry
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    • 49 min
    Lessons in Entrepreneurship: Navigating Success and Failure with Harry Clark - Elevate AEC 2023

    Lessons in Entrepreneurship: Navigating Success and Failure with Harry Clark - Elevate AEC 2023

    "You have to be like Superman; you're a risk-taker. But once you've attained success and you have a larger entity, it's important to shift your mindset to that of a risk manager. " 
    Harry Clark
    Summary:
    In this special episode of the TZL podcast, we feature an enlightening keynote speech by Harry Clark, delivered at the Zweig Group's 2023 Elevate AEC Conference. Known for his exceptional track record as a serial entrepreneur and business advisor, Harry Clark shares his wealth of experience and insights, offering a treasure trove of knowledge for our listeners.
    Key Highlights:
    1. A Glimpse into Serial Entrepreneurship: Harry Clark, with his history of founding and leading two Inc 500 companies, provides an in-depth look into the dynamics of rapid business growth, particularly highlighting his journey with a modular design and development company that soared to $100 million in revenue in just five years.
    2. Recognition and Leadership: The speech touches on Harry's accolades, including being named Entrepreneur of the Year, underscoring his status as a leader and innovator in the entrepreneurial world.
    3. Strategic Insights: Harry delves into the strategic decision-making that has been pivotal in his career. His approach to scaling businesses and managing growth offers invaluable lessons for listeners, especially those in leadership roles.
    4. Mastering Company Exits: Harry discusses his experiences with navigating company exits, a topic rarely explored in such depth. His insights are particularly valuable for entrepreneurs and business leaders facing similar transitions.
    5. Practical Advice from a Best-Selling Author: Drawing from his best-selling book, "Mistakes Millionaires Make," Harry provides practical advice and a profound understanding of the risks and challenges entrepreneurs face, making his speech a must-listen for aspiring and established business leaders alike.
    6. Sustainable Success: Beyond business tactics, Harry shares his philosophy on achieving long-term, sustainable success in the entrepreneurial world, emphasizing the importance of resilience and strategic thinking.
    Conclusion:
    Harry Clark's keynote at the Zweig Group's 2023 Elevate AEC Conference, as featured in this TZL podcast episode, offers listeners a unique opportunity to gain insights from one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. His journey, filled with both challenges and triumphs, serves as an inspiration and guide for anyone looking to navigate the complex world of business and entrepreneurship.
    All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.
    Resources:Harry Clark on LinkedIn
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Data-Driven Decision Making in Design: Harnessing the Power of Analytics - Keith Sequeira

    Data-Driven Decision Making in Design: Harnessing the Power of Analytics - Keith Sequeira

    "The ability to access decades worth of industry data in seconds is a game-changer. It's time to leverage this knowledge and stay ahead of the competition." 
    Keith Sequeira, Zweig Group
    🎙️ In our latest TZL Podcast episode, we dive into an enlightening chat with Zweig Group's data analytics guru, Keith Sequeira. We unpack how data is revolutionizing decision-making in design firms.
    🌟 Key Highlights:
    Talent Attraction & Retention: Discover how the 'Best Firms to Work For' program is reshaping talent management in design firms. Keith shares insights on attracting and keeping top-notch professionals.Compensation Trends: Stay updated with the latest in compensation strategies. We delve into what it takes to offer competitive packages that resonate with today's workforce.The IT Edge: Learn how integrating IT can transform your firm's operations. We explore the benefits of technology in enhancing collaboration and sparking innovation in design projects.Embracing Remote Work: The Future of Work is Here! We discuss the shift towards remote working in the design industry, its advantages and challenges, and how to leverage it for better productivity and flexibility.
    🤔 Your Turn: How is your firm using data analytics to stay competitive? Are strategic decisions driven by data insights?
    All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.
    Resources:Keith Sequeira Email
    Keith Sequeira on LinkedIn
    Contribute and help the industry! Inform the AEC community on growing trends and new developments.
    Get your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.
    Other episodes you'll enjoy:Building an Engaged and Purpose-Driven Design Firm: The Rebranding Journey - Jerrod Hogan
    Driving Excellence: The Impact of Recognizing Achievements on Workplace Success with Anna Finley
    AI and how it will impact the Design Industry
    Connect with Zweig Group:Instagram: Zweig Group
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    Mentioned in this episode:
    AEC Small Business and Entrepreneurship Forum 2024 - Atlanta, GA
    https://zweiggroup.com/products/2024-aec-small-business-and-entrepreneurship-forum

    • 45 min
    Breaking Boundaries: How Collaboration Transcends Competition for Design Professionals - Carey Balogh and Lauren Genest

    Breaking Boundaries: How Collaboration Transcends Competition for Design Professionals - Carey Balogh and Lauren Genest

    "In this day and age, storytelling is a powerful tool for design professionals to amplify their brand and foster collaborative relationships." 
    - Carey Balogh, Brand Groupies
    In this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast, Randy Wilburn welcomes Carey Balogh and Lauren Genest, founders of Brand Groupies. With backgrounds in fashion PR, they've carved out a niche in social media management, public relations, and personal branding specifically for the design industry.
    The episode dives into the importance of storytelling. Carey and Lauren emphasize that a consistent narrative is crucial for brand identity. They offer expert advice on how to craft compelling stories that resonate with audiences, helping design professionals stand out in a crowded market.
    The discussion also explores the transformative power of collaboration. The duo believes that joining forces with others in the industry can not only enhance your brand's story but also set it apart from competitors. Teamwork, they argue, can create multi-dimensional narratives that are more compelling and engaging.
    Beyond storytelling and collaboration, the episode delves into the role of different media platforms in building a brand. From the benefits of social media and PR to the growing influence of podcasting, each platform serves as a valuable tool for reaching broader audiences and amplifying brand presence.
    What sets this episode apart is its actionable advice and emphasis on organic discourse. Whether you're looking to hone your storytelling skills or find collaborative opportunities, Carey and Lauren provide practical strategies to achieve these goals. This episode is a must-listen for any design professional aiming to make a significant impact in their field.
    In this episode, you will be able to:Enhance your storytelling skills to captivate your audience and create memorable design experiences.Unlock the power of organic discourse in podcasting to connect with your audience on a deeper level and build a loyal following.Foster collaboration in the design industry by learning effective communication strategies that will strengthen your relationships with clients and colleagues.Amplify your brand by utilizing sharing platforms to reach a wider audience and showcase your design expertise.Challenge the status quo in design by exploring innovative ideas and pushing the boundaries of traditional practices.
    All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.
    Resources:Connect with Carey Balogh on LinkedIn
    Connect with Lauren Genest on LinkedIn
    Brand Groupies Website
    Brand Groupies on Instagram
    Brand Groupies on Facebook
    Brand Groupies on LinkedIn
    Get your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.
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    • 49 min
    Elevate AEC Keynote - Empowering AEC Professionals: Trends and Strategies for Success with Chad Clinehens and Bill McConnell

    Elevate AEC Keynote - Empowering AEC Professionals: Trends and Strategies for Success with Chad Clinehens and Bill McConnell

    About the Show:
    "People want to work for firms that have a great vision and a mission. How are we going to get there? What's your purpose in terms of culture, can you rattle it off?" 
    - Bill McConnell, Vertex
    In this special episode of the TZL Podcast, recorded live at the 2023 Elevate AEC Conference in Frisco, TX, host R Wilburn brings you an enlightening conversation with Chad Clinehens, CEO of Zweig Group, and Bill McConnell, co-founder and CEO of Vertex. 
    The episode dives right into the pressing economic questions facing the AEC industry. Are we on the brink of a recession, or can we expect a softer economic landing? Chad and Bill weigh in on key indicators like inflation, unemployment, and housing market trends, offering their expert insights on their impact on the AEC sector.
    Beyond the numbers, the discussion shifts to the human element. What role do vision, culture, and purpose play in attracting and retaining top talent? Our esteemed guests share their seasoned perspectives, highlighting the importance of these factors in an ever-changing industry landscape.
    As the conversation unfolds, Chad and Bill provide a forward-looking view on the future of the AEC industry. This episode is a must-listen for AEC professionals, serving as a comprehensive guide to understanding current challenges and identifying growth opportunities."
    In this episode, you will be able to:Stay ahead of the curve: Understand the current state of the AEC industry and economy to make strategic decisions for your business.Embrace the digital revolution: discover how technology is shaping the AEC industry and explore new opportunities for innovation.Build a happy and skilled workforce: Learn effective strategies to improve employee satisfaction and training in the AEC industry, leading to increased productivity and retention.Navigate industry challenges with confidence: Gain insights on overcoming labor shortages and adapting to tax changes, ensuring your business remains resilient in a changing landscape.Identify growth opportunities: Explore the growth and decline trends in the construction industry, both in the residential and non-residential sectors, to position your business for success.
    All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.
    Resources:Connect with Chad Clinehens on LinkedIn
    Connect with Bill McConnell on LinkedIn
    Visit Vertex Website
    Get your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.
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    Mancini Duffy is a Triumvirate of Excellence in the Design Industry
    Driving Excellence: The Impact of Recognizing Achievements on Workplace Success with Anna Finley
    Connect with Zweig Group:Instagram: Zweig...

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Building an Engaged and Purpose-Driven Design Firm: The Rebranding Journey - Jerrod Hogan

    Building an Engaged and Purpose-Driven Design Firm: The Rebranding Journey - Jerrod Hogan

    About the Show:"We recognized that if we were going to take it to the next level, we're going to have to really develop a brand. Your people deserve a brand that's as great as them." 
    - Jerrod Hogan, OWN, Inc.
    Jerrod Hogan's path to leadership is anything but conventional. He grew up learning the virtues of empathy and service from a devoted Baptist pastor. A pivotal moment came when his family moved to Missouri due to his mother's cancer diagnosis. Following her passing, Jerrod decided to make Missouri his permanent home, raising his young daughter there.
    Jerrod joined Anderson Engineering, a firm where he spent two decades evolving both personally and professionally. But a life-altering event came in the form of the devastating Joplin tornado in 2011. The tragedy revealed to him the incredible power of community and the human capacity for mutual support in times of crisis.
    This event served as a catalyst for Jerrod, making him recognize the untapped potential of collective responsibility and active participation. It opened his eyes to the concept of extreme employee ownership. Inspired, he took bold steps to transform the very company he had been part of for so long.
    The shift was dramatic. Jerrod led Anderson Engineering through a rebranding and restructuring process that embraced an employee ownership model. This courageous move had manifold benefits. It allowed team members to share in the company's success, elevated client satisfaction and instilled a sense of belonging among employees.
    In essence, this change didn't just spur phenomenal growth for the company; it also created a work environment where everyone felt like a stakeholder. Jerrod's journey illustrates the profound impact of community, unity, and shared ownership in shaping both individual lives and business successes.
    In this episode, you will be able to:Gain insight into how employee ownership is revolutionizing the design industry.Understand how harnessing extreme ownership can propel your company to greater heights.Learn the transformative effect of employee ownership on individual self-esteem and secured finances.Explore the myriad trials and triumphs young professionals face in their career journeys.Decode the role of rebranding and the core values in steering its direction.
    All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.
    Resources:Connect with Jerrod Hogan on LinkedIn
    Visit OWN Engineering website
    Visit OWN Engineering on Facebook
    Visit OWN Engineering on Twitter (X)
    Visit OWN Engineering on Instagram
    Visit OWN Engineering on LinkedIn
    Get your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.
    Other episodes you'll enjoy:Transforming the AEC Industry: A Conversation with Robert Yuen of Monograph
    Mancini...

    • 55 min

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