COMPASS Consultants Corporation
Ron McKenzie - Architect. Author. Advisor.
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Several years ago I conducted a two-day business-planning meeting with the owners, project managers, designers, marketing and business development as well as finance and administration. This is an important point as all areas of the business must be represented in same way, even the field people. It is critical as everyone sees the business differently.
The meeting started off well, and then hit several rough spots where there was more going on besides suggesting new ideas, or challenging ideas on the table. It was beginning to shape up as a mutiny of the planning process.
During the afternoon break, the owner came to me and whispered, "I have the wrong people on the bus."
The following week I had lunch with the owner and he stated that now he understood the problem he was having in the office and in the field that related to communications. He and I knew that the people in place were not willing to take ownership of their area of responsibility, and work toward implementing change. The owner immediately started to slowly change certain personal using me to filter candidates and set up off site interviews.
Here's the point that people don’t want to know, the secret if you will that can lead to success.
This company renewal can only happen within a planning process guided by someone who knows and understands the construction environment, understands the dynamics of the planning process, and can actually produce the plan that will lead to implementation. This transformation leads to enhanced communications by everyone.his company renewal can only happen within a planning process guided by someone who knows and understands the construction environment, understands the dynamics of the planning process, and can actually produce the plan that will lead to implementation. This transformation leads to enhanced communications by everyone.
The origin of many business challenges is often deeply rooted in a company’s culture. Strategy, marketing, operations, finance, project management, human resources, ownership transition, and other areas of a company often are only reflections of that company’s culture. There is always resistance to change. The dynamics of a true planning process is that people began to understand what the company culture is all about, and take ownership of their own areas of responsibility as well as helping others with their areas of responsibility. When this happens an immediate transformation takes place, and as a result, the company is suddenly much more productive. The result is bottom line improvement.