TZL Podcast: Justin Smith

May 26, 2022

Justin Smith, SE, PE, MBA




In this episode, Justin Smith, principal with Start 2 Rise, sits down with us to discuss how he and his colleagues help AEC firm leaders “build stronger project management playbooks to focus on growing their people and their business.” 

Justin has teamed up with Zweig Group to offer a groundbreaking project management training program to help PMs be more effective and efficient. 

The best part about this PM training is that it was designed and delivered by actual AEC professionals. Justin worked for more than a decade as a structural engineer, and he knows the project management challenges that firms face all too well.  

The PM training focuses on four key areas:

  1. Time management 
  2. Communication 
  3. Leadership
  4. Problem solving and conflict resolution

The question that Justin focuses on with AEC leaders dealing with project management challenges is, “Where are you now, and where do you want to go?” 

According to Justin, for us to have a successful outcome with PM training, we have to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings so that they can be repaired, built up, and fortified.

There has never been a better time to professionally and personally develop your team. Starting with a foundational approach to project management will help you chart a path to project success for your firm and your clients. 

Justin shares so many nuggets of wisdom in this episode. You will have plenty of notes and inspiration to move forward with.  And, if you want to take an upcoming PM Training, check out some of the upcoming classes virtually and in person that Zweig Group offers.  

Listen to the full episode on this edition of The Zweig Letter Podcast.

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About Zweig Group

Zweig Group, three times on the Inc. 500/5000 list, is the industry leader and premiere authority in AEC firm management and marketing, the go-to source for data and research, and the leading provider of customized learning and training. Zweig Group exists to help AEC firms succeed in a complicated and challenging marketplace through services that include: Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, Valuation, Executive Search, Board of Director Services, Ownership Transition, Marketing & Branding, and Business Development Training. The firm has offices in Dallas and Fayetteville, Arkansas.