There is no blueprint for leadership. Hundreds of books have been written on the subject, numerous character trait analyses have been conducted and a multitude of theories have surmised just how and why certain individuals are able to motivate, inspire and bring out the best in others.
If there is one thing that unites most CEOs though, it is passion: a passion for their industry, and a passion for their employees. Bluebeam President and CEO Rich Lee and Barton Malow President Ryan Maibach share both and prove that the value of working together to establish organic and mutually beneficial partnerships is the engine that drives the two organizations to success.
As Barton Malow continues to innovate digital solutions in the field, Bluebeam watches and listens for workflow improvement opportunities, always working toward setting new standards for AEC industry project development and delivery. While both companies have crossed paths thanks to the common ground of bettering the AEC industry, their respective journeys have been quite different.
This look into the lives of Maibach and Lee becomes as much about leadership values as it does about a comparative character study. Maibach, a fourth generation builder and product of the Midwest, and Lee, a West Coast-based intellectual property consultant-turned-software impresario who hails from a family of architects, are both quick to emphasize keeping people at the center as the most important key to success. “We are a very people-focused organization and our purpose really strongly correlates back to people, projects and communities,” explains Maibach. Lee echoes, “When we talk about working better together, that’s about empowerment and believing that you should always have the highest level of integrity with everything that you do. Everything we do is based on people. Without the people here, I’d probably be doing something else.”
As this video compares and contrasts the personalities, leadership qualities, office culture and perspectives of these two successful professionals, we begin to peel back the layers of C-level management and gain an intimate, inside look into the human side of leading innovative enterprises and what it takes to positively disrupt an industry.