Your Business Blueprint: Creating a Plan to Succeed  

Part 11 of the ‘Designing Your Business’ Masterclass Series

Now available on demand.

*Originally aired on November 16, 2022.

How many of us take the time to create, update and review our firm’s strategic plan? This does not have to be overly complicated, but you do need to put a flag in the ground and define where you want to go. Your strategic plan defines the overarching vision of your company and ensures that your team members know what they can do to make a difference and help your firm achieve its goals. It helps answer questions like: Who is our ideal client? What are our strengths as a firm? What are our leading and lagging indicators to track success along the way? During this session, Douglas Teiger, FAIA, will teach AE firm leaders how to select, tweak and manage essential KPIs in their strategic plans to set their firm up for success for years to come.  

By the end of this session, you will learn how to:


Create a roadmap to develop a strategic plan. 


List the “who, what, when, where and how for ease in beginning this process. 


Identify and explain an example of a strategic plan.  


Evaluate what KPIs your firm should be tracking to ensure you will accomplish your strategic plan. 

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Did you know that you can receive one LU for this course?


Douglas Teiger, FAIA 

Founder  | Teiger Consulting


Douglas Teiger, FAIA, graduated from Cornell University, in 1982 with a BARCH.  He opened his own firm in 1989 and grew from a solo practitioner to become managing partner of his 32-person firm.   

In 2009, Douglas received a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology from USM, where he learned tools and skills he is sharing with his staff and clients. His ability to effectively streamline the operations allowed for more time to be spent on design and project research while creating a culture that fosters a holistic approach to a work life balance.    

In 2017, he served as President of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter and previously served on the AIA National Strategic Council. In 2019 Douglas transitioned out of his firm elevating three associates to partners, sold his shares and started his next venture, Teiger Consulting.   

Douglas’s mission is to “live an inspiring balanced life” whether it involves family, coaching, consulting, painting, or sports.   


The Designing Your Business Masterclass series was created by acclaimed architect and business consultant Douglas Teiger, FAIA, to help fellow architects and engineers run their firms more profitably while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.  

On the third Wednesday of every month, Douglas Teiger dives deep into an essential topic that will strengthen the profitability of your firm and make it sustainable for growth in the years to come.  

Tune in monthly for the full experience or simply register for the courses that focus on topics where you could use a little extra help.  

The goal of this masterclass is to implement systems and processes that increase profitability and create freedom, allowing you to get back to the areas of your practice and your life that you love. 

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