The next skilled labor shortage in the construction industry will involve computer programmers

People may think I’m nuts to suggest it, but I truly believe that one of the most important skills needed in the built environment over the next couple decades lies within the realm of computer programming. After all, someone needs to program all the robots…

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What’s Next in Building Design & Construction? Health & Wellness

Without a doubt, the biggest rising trend in the architecture, engineering and construction industry is health and wellness. In the mid-80s, the World Health Organization released a report on the impact of indoor air quality on building occupants. Perhaps the most damning portion of the report was the finding that “energy-efficient but sick buildings often cost society far more than it gains by energy savings.”

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Oreo wins award for a stupid tweet, Advertiser quits his job in protest and launches own firm

The world of professional advertising and marketing can be really weird. I didn’t watch the SuperBowl this year. Or any other year, for that matter. Apparently at some point during “the big game,” there was a power outage. Some advertising folks working on behalf of Oreo (the cookie) took advantage of the opportunity and tweeted … Continue reading Oreo wins award for a stupid tweet, Advertiser quits his job in protest and launches own firm

Disney Institute: The happiest consulting firm on Earth

Brooks Barnes recently wrote about an unlikely division of Disney in the New York Times. Called Disney Institute, the division operates as a management consulting firm that aims to help businesses better understand the correlation between happy customers and happy bottom lines. Desperate for new ways to connect with consumers, an increasing array of industries … Continue reading Disney Institute: The happiest consulting firm on Earth

WWSHD: What Would Sherlock Holmes Do? (Advice for Consultants)

Mark Haas has another great post up at the Institute for Management Consultant’s Daily Tips for Consultants blog. In it, he compares the work of consultants to that of detectives, prompting the invocation of the world’s most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. When asking What Would Sherlock Holmes Do? Haas came up with the following … Continue reading WWSHD: What Would Sherlock Holmes Do? (Advice for Consultants)