We know that delegation is a good thing yet we all struggle with it. Myself included. To help everyone I have put together a list of 5 Steps to Effective Delegation.Read More
Have you ever been in that situation where you could have delegated work to someone else, but you decided to do it yourself because it would just be easier and quicker? I fall into this trap all the time. Delegating is a skill I am always working on because I have realized that is has major impacts on my career. In this blog I explain WHY you should delegate.Read More
Once upon a time, my boss said, "Steve you need to multiply your hands." I took me a while, but I finally realized what that meant.Read More
One of the most common architecture school injuries: cutting your hand with an X-ACTO blade while making a model. These mishaps typically happened late at night, after several hours of work. When we push ourselves too hard, bad things can happen. This blog explores the importance of taking breaks and how it can help us be more productive and happy.Read More
If you want to get more out of your work day than this could be my best advice for you. Email batching allows you to be proactive about your day and focus on the things that count.Read More
If you google ‘the myth of multitasking,’ you will find page after page of articles disproving the concept of multitasking. Multitasking is something that all architects struggle with and I have one piece of advice. Stop trying to multitask!!!Read More
In many ways, this book is a letter that I am writing to my younger self. When I started to steer my ship, the world opened up for me. I hope that the stories and tips presented in this book will help you anticipate the obstacles and prepare you to take action.Read More
“Luck is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity.” –Seneca
The quote from Seneca is one of my favorites. You should continually be building your skill set and always be looking for the next opportunity. Sometimes these opportunities are as clear as day and other times they are hidden.
Your growth requires patience and persistence, and when the timing is right, you must seize the moment.
How can an architect seize the moment?Read More
In the previous section I shared 5 reasons why you should work overtime. Overtime has the potential to be a positive influence on your career and life. But it is certainly not for everyone. There are also reasons why you should not work overtime.Read More
I think architects often forget that working overtime is not the norm. The long hours begin in architecture school and carry on into the profession. As an architect, you will be faced with many tough choices and one of those will be: Should you work overtime? In this blog I explore 5 reasons you should work overtime.Read More
I dedicate this section to my father in law David, and all of my close family that constantly put up with my general wackiness.Read More
Mentoring is a two-way street. You have had the help of mentors your entire life and it is only right that you give back. In addition to the fulfillment of giving there are many things you will get out of mentoring. In fact the more you give the more you receive. In this chapter I describe 6 reasons why you should mentor.Read More
I am finishing the mentor series with one last important group: Virtual Mentors. Virtual mentors are the people like Albert Einstein, Maya Angelou and Seth Godin. These are the folks that have influenced large amounts of people by spreading their message through multi-media outlets. You may never meet your virtual mentors but they can have a profound impact on your life.Read More
This is a very important group of people. Indirect mentors are your colleagues, your teachers and family members that provide guidance on a regular basis. You have not established a formal mentor/mentee relationship, yet these folks are an invaluable resource and a catalyst for your growth.Read More
A direct mentor is a mentorship in the most formal sense. With a direct mentorship you establish a mentor/mentee relationship and meet regularly to discuss goals and progress. The mentor should be someone who is more advanced and ideally, your mentor has served a role that you would like to be in one day. In this article, I share the importance of a direct mentor and provide steps for getting started.Read More
Not having mentors in your life is like driving without Siri. You may be able to still make your final destination but you can get their a lot quicker with a little help. In this chapter I will share 3 types of mentors and how they can be a catalyst for positive change.Read More
Developing an expertise is important because this knowledge will help shape your career and bring you fulfillment. Becoming an expert can also help separate you from the pack and make you indispensable.
In this blog I provide a sampling of expertise areas.Read More
Architects use all types of cool tools: AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Printers and of course the mighty pencil. One way to become indispensable is to master the tools. To help you in your pursuit, I have compiled a list of the most common tools used in an architecture office. I have grouped the tools in two different tiers, starting with the basic and ending with the more advance.Read More
Having a positive attitude is an invaluable trait for an emerging professional. You can focus on just this one thing and everything else will fall into place. In this post I share how positive folks are the most important members in an office and how you can start right now.Read More
The #1 goal of an emerging professional should be to become indispensable. In the following sections, I will expand on the 3 paths to becoming indispensable. I have listed them from most important to least, so if you only read one section, read #1.Read More