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.

Building Team | The Business Behind Design | August 25, 2015
By analyzing the “benchmark firms” selected from its annual surveys, PSMJ has identified...
Understanding the values and aspirations of millennials

Only 28 percent of millennials believe that their organization is taking full advantage of their skills, research from Deloitte revealed.

Building Team | The Business Behind Design | August 20, 2015
A recent LinkedIn workplace survey revealed that millennials (defined as individuals aged...
How to improve project planning
Building Team | The Business Behind Design | August 11, 2015
A recent research project revealed that more than 75 percent of project owners have no...

According to research by talent management firm Development Dimensions International, 89% of leaders with strong interaction skills have more engaged teams. Photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg/Flickr

Building Team | The Business Behind Design | July 10, 2015
Much of what’s written about employee engagement focuses on how leaders can help their...
How to earn respect as a leader
Building Team | The Business Behind Design | June 18, 2015
Employees will give you minimum effort if the only reason they respect you is for your...
Is your firm social enough?
Building Team | The Business Behind Design | June 09, 2015
The overwhelming majority of A/E/C firms are engaged in social media. But to what end? 
Succession planning starts with developing your leaders

A leadership-succession process should involving mentoring and coaching. Photo: HA0521-021/Flickr.

Building Team | The Business Behind Design | June 03, 2015
Two-thirds of U.S. companies still admit that they have no formal succession plan in...
Why it’s so hard to figure out what to pay top talent
Building Team | The Business Behind Design | April 03, 2015
Is your firm’s approach to compensation effective in today’s rapidly changing talent...
Are face-to-face meetings still important?

It’s particularly important for sensitive communication, when having tone and body language for context makes a difference.

Building Team | The Business Behind Design | March 17, 2015
One CEO looks pass convenience and advocates for old school, in-person meetings.
How to give feedback effectively

If initial feedback doesn’t resonate, effective leaders also know how to turn up the pressure in a way that is progressive, but not too sharp.

Building Team | The Business Behind Design | March 06, 2015
A great feedback-giving leader evaluates the individual
What your employees really want

Employers can support employees' personal growth by encouraging them to take courses online or be mentored by more senior employees. Photo courtesy of Evan Bench/Wikimedia Commons.

Building Team | The Business Behind Design | February 24, 2015
Here are key aspects of a job that keep employees happy
Why diversity at work matters

In the U.S., there is a linear relationship between racial and ethnic diversity and better financial performance, a study by McKinsey found. Photo: Monisha Pushparaj/Wikimedia Commons

Building Team | The Business Behind Design | February 17, 2015
Companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely...
The 4 leadership behaviors that really matter McKinsey & Company

Using a comprehensive list of 20 distinct leadership traits, McKinsey surveyed 189,000 people in 81 diverse organizations around the world.

The Business Behind Design | January 30, 2015
It includes seeking diverse perspectives and supporting others.
The Business Behind Design | December 26, 2014
Successful innovators care about solving interesting and important problems — innovation...
The Business Behind Design | December 19, 2014
There are many reasons why people quit: employee mismatch, work/life balance, co-worker...

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The Business Behind Design | December 16, 2014
Replacing the names on the door can be tricky for AEC firms. SPONSORED CONTENT

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Architects | The Business Behind Design | November 26, 2014
A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that employees...

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Architects | The Business Behind Design | November 12, 2014
A collaborative planning and design process may seem like a common-sense goal, but the...

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Architects | The Business Behind Design | November 06, 2014
To attract and keep talented individuals who are different than you, Entrepreneur...

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Building Owner | The Business Behind Design | October 29, 2014
Telling your employees to become more engaged and productive won’t work. But putting...
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