Help me help other architects! This blog is an excerpt from the first draft of my book: Breaking the Box: Explode out of Architecture School to a Successful Career as an Architect. You can help by leaving a critique in the comment section below. And if you are just starting I suggest you check out the table of contents for an easy road map. Thx you rock! -Steve
Mentoring is a Two-Way Street
In Chapter 13, I talked about the importance of having a mentor. I described how Siri is the ultimate mentor with the power to help you navigate from point A to point B with incredible ease. There is no question that a mentor can help you grow and achieve greater fulfillment and for that reason important that you become a mentor.
6 Reasons why you should Mentor
#1 - Because it is the right thing to do!
You have been mentored your entire life by your family, your teachers and your colleagues and this is a way for you to give back. In addition to the fulfillment of giving, there are other profound impacts of mentoring:
#2 - Mentoring creates Synergy: 1+1=3
When people work together, incredible things can occur. If you think of all of the special moments in your life, I bet there was synergy.
Synergy is especially important within an architecture office. Synergy helps architects overcome challenging situations: overlapping deadlines, difficult design solutions, budget shortfalls, etc. By making yourself available for others, synergy will happen.
#3 - Mentoring helps Build your Tribe
When you help someone, they will be thankful and will remember you. Your willingness to serve others will radiate and help grow your network. Having a robust network will propel you to greater heights both professionally and personally. More on networking in chapter 22.
#4 - Mentoring will help you grow.
Although you are the assigned teacher in this relationship, it is inevitable that you will learn skills from your mentee. Remember, it is a two-way street. In addition to learning skills from your mentee, you will also learn how to be a better teacher.
#5 - Mentoring will help you develop stronger communication skills.
Communication is everything in architecture. Some architects may be gifted speakers but are bad listeners. Some may be very good listeners but have no confidence speaking in public. And some architects are bad at both!
Communication is a learned skill just like drawing, and the only way to get better is to practice.
#6 - Mentoring will make you a better leader.
Leadership is preparing someone to take your job. The best leaders want to make everyone around them better. As a mentor, you have been given an opportunity to directly impact your mentees life. That is a gift.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” - Anne Frank
It is never too early to start mentoring and it is never too late. When I was a young intern, I was laser-focused on my own personal growth and I often overlooked my ability and obligation to help others. I now know that my role is much more than that. My role is to help others grow and to finish my work.
Thank you for your time. I appreciate any feedback you can leave in the comment section below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter 14 by the Numbers
· 1,003 words
· 4 – Translates into approximately 12.3 pages in book form.
· 1 – Blog Posts
· 5 – Hours to Write and Post on Blog
· 5 – Stretched over 20 calendar days.
· .8 – Average book pages written per day.
The Book by the Numbers
· 31,152 – Total Words
· 125 – Total Pages
· 44 – Total Blog Posts
· 220 – Goal for final page count.
· 103– Days Since Starting
· 1.21 – Average book pages written per day.
· 79 – Estimated days to completion. (220-125) / 1.21) = 79
· 13– Chapters down.
· 15 – Chapters to go.