What are your criteria for future leaders and owners?
A design firm is an ecosystem based on culture, values, and beliefs, as well as the talent that creates its foundation. The ecosystem depends on effective systems and processes, including a process for development of roles, responsibilities, expectations, and boundaries.
Successful practices not only attract the right people to their firms, but provide opportunities for growth and recognition within the framework of successful performance.
Roles and responsibilities, as well as performance evaluations and incentive compensation, should be linked to carefully crafted feedback programs that incorporate training, coaching, and mentoring.
For most firm leaders, the ultimate goal is to ensure the sustainability of your practice. By understanding the characteristics of the talent who will succeed within your firm, and by creating a pathway for growth and development, you are also creating a mechanism to attain scalability as well as sustainability.