Mark Fletcher on Building a Successful Development Team

27 July, 2022

“Culture is critical,” Director of Strategic Partnering Mark Fletcher recently told REBusinessOnline. “Relationships, teamwork, accountability, tenacity, a mindset that everyone on the team is valuable – these things ensure higher quality projects.”

In our fast-paced and ever-changing industry, developers need a united team that is focused on their end goals from the start. In a recent interview with REBusinessOnline, Bohler Raleigh’s Mark weighs in on taking a culture-based approach to assembling an effective team. He discusses the importance of culture, capability, quality, shared values, and consistency when selecting design and construction partners for land development projects. Here are his top four factors to consider.

1. Values and Culture

Firms with aligned cultures work together more successfully because they value and prioritize similar principles. This creates a united project approach and team synergy.

2. Understanding Project Goals

Involving the entire design and construction team in scope and capacity conversations up front means everyone is aligned and working as an integrated team from the start. This creates opportunity for design collaboration and, ultimately, a better project.

3. Industry Awareness

Teams that are in tune with the latest industry trends, land development best practices, and current regulations are better at helping clients navigate challenges with confidence. In addition, teams that regularly work hand-in-hand with local officials can streamline and even expedite due diligence processes and entitlement and permitting timelines.

4. A Speed-to-Market Focus

A successful team helps to keep projects moving forward, even when unexpected snags threaten to stall the process. Having development team members who know how to take action on one aspect of a project while waiting on another is critical to maintaining momentum.

“A turn-key strategic teaming approach makes a team more competitive and able to deliver based on the expertise represented by the architect, general contractor, civil engineer, site contractor, and structural engineer,” Mark says. “Cohesiveness ensures they deliver a better product.”

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