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The Questas Podcast: Episode Two

In conversation with Ed McCann. Nothing wins like success, making more meaningful client relationships and surviving the pandemic.

 

ABOUT THE GUEST

In this episode, Gary speaks to Ed McCann, a Director at Expedition Engineering and the current President (Elect) of the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Ed initially joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

In 2009, Ed co-founded the Useful Simple Trust and gifted his shareholding in Expedition to the Trust for the benefit of the employees. In this episode, Gary and Ed discuss Ed’s take on client management, the impact of lockdowns (not all negative!) and his view of the industry.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • The pandemic has created many challenges for many people and businesses alike. Ed and his company thankfully found it quite simple and easy to switch everything on the client management side online. In a lot of instances, it was easier to arrange ongoing client relationships. They could touch bases more frequently and more meaningfully.
  • Technology means that having a physical office for a business is optional. This has been the case for a few years but one the big impacts of the pandemic is that it has sped this process up a lot; many people are happy and comfortable working remotely now. Ed and his teams have been able to problem solve many of challenges with working remotely and are in no rush to get back to the office. There are certainly a lot of positives to working in this way!
  • Ed and his company focus on staying small. This is because they value the level of service they can give to clients as a small operation. They don’t want to lose any of this speciality by growing too big.
  • The industries that Ed is in can sometimes have a bit of a regressive view in terms of client management, especially in regards to how business is conducted outside of the office. This can have an impact on gender diversity for those working in the industries. However, Ed has found that the clients he works with couldn’t be further from this, they aren’t interested in ‘boozy nights’ etc and it’s this that allows a lot more gender diversity in his team; the women he works with feel respected and valued.

BEST MOMENTS

“90+% of your activities are about maintaining client relationships not about new relationships”

“The office is an option”

“Nothing wins like success”

“Sometimes it’s about chemistry not capability”

VALUABLE RESOURCES

3 Essential business development tips for professional & engineering firms post-pandemic

Questas Guide to Client Account Planning

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