Define your firm’s thoughts, resolutions for 2018

The turn of the calendar is a good time to think differently about the future of engineering.

Christine Brack, Morrissey Goodale, Chicago

Christine Brack is a principal consultant at Morrissey Goodale. Courtesy: Morrissey GoodaleTransitioning into a new year always bring resolutions to mind. It is also a convenient time to look back, if even briefly, and reflect on the months behind us-and think about what lies ahead. We are so often in a rush, however, to ramp up after the holidays, re-engage on projects, reconnect with clients, and fill the pipeline, we run the risk of being short-sighted.

The industry was certainly busy in 2017: consistent acquisition activity, firms scouring for talent, plenty of projects to pursue, and continued focus on developing leaders. Likely you also have strategies in place to address one or more of these areas. Before you become too swamped to think beyond next month, contemplate the following thoughts and what they might mean for your firm in 2018. Go a step further and make it a resolution to discuss these internally throughout the year.


These ideas will take some deeper thinking and courage but will carry you farther this year than by doing the same as you've done before.

Think about what your own outlook is for the upcoming year and about the types of decisions you need to make that will make small or significant differences. No matter how 2017 turned out for anyone, it is behind us, and 2018 presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities.

Best wishes for a prosperous and exciting year. 

Christine Brack is a principal consultant at Morrissey Goodale, a CFE Media content partner.



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