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One of my early architectural super skills was the ability to create realistic computer renderings using Autodesk Revit. Our firm transitioned to Revit in 2008 and I was one of the early adopters of the Revit rendering function. Having the ability to create attractive presentation renderings is an invaluable skill for an architect. It helps me work through design details and makes a huge impact on our presentations.
I spent a lot of time developing this skill and eventually became the go-to-guy for computer renderings in my office. This super skill had made me invaluable to the firm. Because of this ability, I was often asked to produce renderings for my colleague’s projects. This was awesome because I enjoyed this work and was able to contribute on the front end of many projects.
The downside is that I was often pulled off my projects to help other teams for their presentation. This could be a distraction and I was in danger of being pigeonholed as the rendering guy. It was clear that I needed to delegate and train others.
I slowly started to train the younger staff and share my little Revit and Photoshop tricks for rendering. Over time a small army of Revit renderers was developed. Now we have many interns and architects capable of creating high quality renderings. It happened because of delegation.
Delegation was a game changer.
Why Architects Should Delegate
Delegating will help you do more.
Design is why I pursued architecture. I love it! It keeps me coming back day after day. Delegating has allowed me to get my design hands on many more projects. Before I learned to delegate I would typically design one project at a time. Now I typically work on five or more projects at any one time with the assistance of delegation.
Whether you love design or you love project management, delegating allows you to do more and to focus your energy on the things that you love.
Delegating helps others grow.
“Should I ask the new intern do this task? Or should I just do it myself. I can do it better and it will take less time.” –Said by every architect everywhere.
We have all struggled with delegating. You may be able to do it quicker, but how is that new person able to learn if nobody teaches them. Delegation is an opportunity for you to teach and share the wealth. You did not always know what you know now. Someone once delegated and taught you.
Delegating helps your firm grow.
When you teach and help others, you are elevating the entire company. Imagine your firm as a 20-person rowboat. You can be one badass rower and just put your head down and row. But that boat will not go very far and you may go in circles. Everyone needs to do their part.
Delegating helps you grow.
Delegating helps others grow.
Delegating will help your firm grow.
Delegating will propel you to leadership.
Leadership is training others to take your job.
That definition sounds a lot like delegating.
When you delegate, you share responsibilities, helping others to grow and freeing up your time to move ahead and learn the next big thing. One day at a time, you should be learning a skill and passing one on. This is leadership.
Overcome the Inertia
The impacts of delegating our profound. You will raise your abilities as well as your colleagues. This results in a stronger firm and is the hallmark of a great leader. But it is hard. I find it to be a daily struggle. I find it easy to self talk myself into just doing everything myself.
In the next section I share tips for overcoming this inertia.
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