Background: I fundamentally believe that for a healthy society, it is imperative to give back to our local neighborhoods and communities. If each one of us used our time, skills and talents to benefit the spaces that we live in, the world would be a much better place. So several months ago when I was encouraged to run for a local college board trustee position to represent a growing diverse populous in the college and the community, I felt that it was my duty and responsibility to do so. IRead more
It’s lonely at the top and one of the smartest moves any business owner, principal or entrepreneur can make is to engage a Business Advisory Board (“BAB”). The success or accountability of your firm rests on the shoulders of the owner(s). Structuring your BAB, which is less formal than a Board of Directors, with the right mix of members can be paramount to a strong ROI. Here are some steps to think about:
Your Company’s Values, Mission, Vision and Purpose: Make sure that your company’s Values, Mission, Vision and Purpose StatementsRead more
As leaders in our industry, we have an unparalleled opportunity to help our clients improve the impact of employee acquisition and retention. Stay Interviews provides leaders with data on the most optimum retention goals based on the individual employee’s needs. As leaders, we are held accountable for revenues, business metrics, and profits; but with the unemployment rate at an all-time low, why not include employee retention as part of our score cards? A main tool to accomplish this is through implementing “Stay Interviews”.
Definition of Stay Interviews: A stay Interview isRead more
Shadin Maali has returned to the Gaines International team as principal for the firm’s Chicago office. Maali will co-lead the regional office with the firm’s founder, Donna Gaines .
Maali will implement and execute a purpose driven approach to guide and empower employers and employees to make the best possible hiring decisions for long term career growth and personal fulfillment. She will co-lead the searches for the firm’s AEC clients both domestically and internationally, as well as oversee business development and marketing for the firm’s Chicago offices.
“It is with great pleasure thatRead more
Donna Gaines has returned to Gaines International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allen Austin, as Founder and Managing Partner; pending two years offering Transition Coaching services to the design profession where she assisted design firms with ESOP’s, Advisory Boards, Value Acceleration Programs, Valuations and several other organizational needs.
Donna Gaines brings decades of search expertise to both the Gaines International and Allen Austin teams. Gaines International was acquired by Allen Austin in October of 2014 and has continued to partner with client companies in the A/E/C space in over 3,000 searchRead more
Does your company’s transition plan account for the unexpected? Do you have a plan? According to the Exit Planning Institute, 66% of business owners set to retire in the next five years are not familiar with all exit options, 78% have no formal transition team, 83% no written transition plan, and 49% no plan at all. Perhaps the most startling—50 percent of exits are not voluntary.
So what’s your plan—for you, your partners, your company, and family—should the unexpected happen?
Common Reasons for Not Developing a Contingency Plan
You DO NOT know whereRead more
Written by: Lou Barreiro, Content Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Microdesk
The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is one of the most dynamic industries to be in as it offers a variety of different career opportunities. Understanding all your options, much less how to land a job in a new area, can be a daunting task to say the least. The trick is to develop a strategy for continually honing your skills, staying on top of the latest trends, and building relationships with people who can help connect youRead more
Welcome to Whimsical Wednesdays, our latest summer feature highlighting the Architectural, Engineering and Construction world! Today we bring to you a must-see tour and experience in Chicago.
To get us started on this new feature, our very own Mary Pat, recommends the CAF boat tour. With out of town visitors, there are always plenty of architectural activities to experience, but the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s boat tour is a classic. In Mary Pat’s own words: ” I’ve lived in Chicago my whole life and have been on a few architecture tours before.Read more
Spring is almost, finally, hopeful here! And so we enjoy the sunshine that’s both outside and inspiring us in the office, by bringing you the second part of the women who motivate and inspire our founder, Donna Gaines with her commentary and insight following each quote!
1. If horses were wishes, beggars would ride. – Willa Mae Alverson This is my deceased Grand-Mother. She would also say this to me when I wished for something. It is a great English proverb from the 1700’s that I heard frequently growing up. My Grand-Mother was a very strongRead more
We hope your week has gotten off to a lovely start! And if you’ve already been down in the weeds of life, even more reason to take a few minutes, collect your thoughts and center yourself on the important things. With this in mind, we present a new short series of inspirational quotes that have motivated and energized Donna Gaines over the years.
1. I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it is the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the mostRead more