The Business Behind Design

Behind all great architecture and engineering work there needs to be an efficient, effective business operation in place in order to maximize profits. In his Business Behind Design blog, Steven Burns, FAIA, Director of Product Strategies for BQE Software, creator of ArchiOffice, and long-time managing director of an architectural practice, offers valuable advice about running a design firm.Topics include project management tips, financial best practices, marketing how-to, advice for maximizing meetings, business software, recruitment and retention, and strategic planning. For more on BQE Software, visit:
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 | February 24, 2015 | Steven Burns
Here are key aspects of a job that keep employees happy read more
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 | February 17, 2015 | Steven Burns
Companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial retu...
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.

January 30, 2015 | Steven Burns
It includes seeking diverse perspectives and supporting others. read more

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December 16, 2014 | Steven Burns
Replacing the names on the door can be tricky for AEC firms. SPONSORED CONTENT read more

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Architects | November 26, 2014 | Steven Burns
A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that employees were 26% more satisfied...

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Architects | November 12, 2014 | Steven Burns
A collaborative planning and design process may seem like a common-sense goal, but the concept can be a challe...

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Architects | November 06, 2014 | Steven Burns
To attract and keep talented individuals who are different than you, Entrepreneur magazine suggests a few foun...

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Building Owner | October 29, 2014 | Steven Burns
Telling your employees to become more engaged and productive won’t work. But putting mechanisms in place that...

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Architects | October 19, 2014 | Steven Burns
Another brainstorming session, another slew of tired ideas. How can you push your team to be more creative and...

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Architects | October 13, 2014 | Steven Burns
Kristof De Wulf, CEO of InSites Consulting, argues that the effects of customer-centricity typically don’t end...

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Architects | September 25, 2014 | Steven Burns
By now, the idea that organizations must adapt to maintain both relevance and market share is so ingrained tha...

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Architects | September 13, 2014 | Steven Burns
Asking the right questions can help business leaders to anticipate changes, seize opportunities and move their...

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Architects | September 13, 2014 | Steven Burns
An oven-overlooked factor in assessing the success of a leader, according to organizational development consul...

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Architects | August 16, 2014 | Steven Burns
Business consultant Tim Williams authored a recent LinkedIn post that highlights the emerging trend among prof...

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Architects | August 04, 2014 | Steven Burns
Transforming your firm into a “digital business” is particularly challenging because digital touches every fun...

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Architects | August 04, 2014 | Steven Burns
Most AEC leadership teams are fastidious about tracking their hit rate–the number of proposals submitted minus...

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Architects | July 21, 2014 | Steven Burns
Transition planning can be one of the more complex challenges that firms face. Effective plans begin by determ...

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Architects | July 07, 2014 | Steven Burns
The secret to keeping your best employees productive and happy isn’t throwing money at them, as studies have c...

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Architects | July 07, 2014 | Steven Burns
Companies seem to try everything imaginable to fix their workplaces, says Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton...

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Architects | June 22, 2014 | Steven Burns
Establishing, conveying, and maintaining a powerful brand is a critical component of an AEC firm’s marketing s...

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Architects | June 03, 2014 | Steven Burns
While it’s often said that strong leadership is an organization’s competitive advantage, is there a single cha...

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Architects | May 27, 2014 | Steven Burns
The price, cost, and value of design services are explored in a recent Design Intelligence article authored by...

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Architects | May 08, 2014 | Steven Burns
Though strategic planning has helped many businesses move forward, its time has passed. So says Economist and...

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Architects | May 03, 2014 | Steven Burns
Managing a team of people, especially creative people, is a task that not everyone is up for. Keeping your tea...

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Architects | April 15, 2014 | Steven Burns
Regardless of the fee you charge, clients and prospects decide the value of your professional services based o...

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Architects | April 08, 2014 | Steven Burns
Every company is a sum of the value it delivers to its clients. What differs from one company to the next is h...

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Architects | March 27, 2014 | Steven Burns
In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. But is there...

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Architects | March 21, 2014 | Steven Burns
If you’re having a hard time attracting new referrals, here are a few techniques for increasing the number of...

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Architects | March 19, 2014 | Steven Burns
Will 2014 be the year that design firms start selecting the clients they want rather than getting in line with...

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Architects | March 07, 2014 | Steven Burns
As a leader in the AEC world, you’ll likely find yourself making certain mistakes over the course of your care...
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