Steven Burns

Steven Burns, FAIA, spent 14 years managing the firm Burns + Beyerl Architects, during that time the firm’s earnings grew at an average rate of 24% per year. After creating ArchiOffice®, the intelligent office, project management and time tracking solution for architectural firms, Steve took his management expertise to BQE Software, where he is refining their business strategy and product development.

Posted on December 16, 2014 by Steven Burns
Replacing the names on the door can be tricky for AEC firms. “The architectural and engineering professions are rife with stories of leadership transition failure,” writes Edward Friedrichs, former CEO and president of Gensler, in a ZweigWhite blog post. “Successes are few and far between,...
Posted on November 26, 2014 by Steven Burns
A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that employees were 26% more satisfied in their roles when they had positions of power. “It’s hardly surprising,” writes Management Consultant Mark Lukens, in a Fast Company post. “When we give people control over their work and...
Posted on November 12, 2014 by Steven Burns
A collaborative planning and design process may seem like a common-sense goal, but the concept can be a challenge to achieve in the fragmented AEC industry.  “Inefficiency due to the lack of an interdisciplinary collaborative process is prevalent in our industry,” writes Management Consultant...
Posted on November 06, 2014 by Steven Burns
Many developing leaders start out with the goal of making an army of workers and junior leaders who are like the clone armies from the last set of Star War movies – where every soldier looks and acts the same as the leader they were created to emulate.  But to grow a successful and sustainable...
Posted on October 29, 2014 by Steven Burns
Telling your employees to become more engaged and productive won’t work. But putting mechanisms in place that encourages their progress will.   To illustrate the point, Entrepreneur and Author Faisal Hoque points to the professions of farming, healthcare and education in a Fast Company post. “...
Posted on October 19, 2014 by Steven Burns
Another brainstorming session, another slew of tired ideas. How can you push your team to be more creative and bring in new perspectives? Here are some ways to get your team’s creative juices flowing, from a recent Harvard Business Review blog post. Diagnose and fix any obvious problems
 Think...
Posted on October 13, 2014 by Steven Burns
It’s hard to imagine any AEC firm that would have the audacity to claim it wasn’t client-centric. But Kristof De Wulf, CEO of InSites Consulting, argues that the effects of customer-centricity typically don’t endure, leading only to temporary improvements in company performance.  “Customer-...
Posted on September 25, 2014 by Steven Burns
By now, the idea that organizations must adapt to maintain both relevance and market share is so ingrained that it’s been reduced to pithy sayings.  But is constant adaptation always the best policy? Not necessarily, according to Andrea Coville and Paul Brown, co-authors of the book "Relevance...
Posted on September 13, 2014 by Steven Burns
Asking the right questions can help business leaders to anticipate changes, seize opportunities and move their firms in new directions. But how you question is key, writes author Warren Berger in a Harvard Business Review blog post. He cites five examples of common questions leaders may ask that...
Posted on September 13, 2014 by Steven Burns
An oven-overlooked factor in assessing the success of a leader, according to organizational development consultant Brook Manville, is his or her ability to go far outside the organization to get help in solving problems. “A growing number of organizations now routinely draw on timely assistance...