In a previous post, I referenced Siri as the ultimate mentor. When you need to get somewhere you ask Siri for help. Siri can help you get from point A to point B with greater ease and speed than if you went on your own. Sounds a lot like a mentor!
A mentorship can be especially powerful for an architect and it is also important to remember that it is a two-way street. I have boiled down the importance of mentorship into:
- The Top 3 Benefits for Architects to Mentor and
- The Top 3 reasons for Architects to be Mentored
It is important to start with giving, so....
The Top 3 Benefits for Architects to Mentor
#3 - Being a Mentor 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 strong network will propel you to greater heights in all aspects of life.
#2 - Being a Mentor 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.
#1- Being a Mentor Accelerates your Growth
Although you are the assigned teacher in this relationship, it is inevitable that you will inherit skills from your mentee. In addition to learning skills from your mentee, mentoring will help you develop stronger communication skills. Communication is a learned skill just like drawing, and the only way to get better is to practice. Further, mentoring will make you a better leader. Leadership is preparing someone to take your job and the best leaders want to make everyone around them better.
The Top 3 Benefits for Architects to be Mentored
#3 - A Mentor will Share their Network
A strong network can have profound impacts on your career. Your mentor is likely to be older and more experienced with a more robust network. And now you are a member of that network. Perhaps you are thinking of switching jobs? Or maybe you need a letter of recommendation for graduate school? Reach for that network.
#2 - A Mentor will help you deal with Failure
You are bound to make mistakes in your career and your mentor can help you find the silver lining. Failure is a stepping stone towards success and should be embraced. And hey…sometimes it’s nice to have a shoulder to cry on.
#1 - A Mentor will help you Meet your Goals
Think of your mentor as an accountability partner who helps you reach both short and long-term goals. Have you kept your commitment to starting the A.R.E. exams in January? Does your current architecture firm align with your goal to start a design-build practice? It is amazing how a mentor can keep you on path.
I hope you have found this article helpful. As always I appreciate your time and would love to hear your thoughts.
This is #Architalks!
This article is part of the #Architalks series organized by Bob Borson of Life of an Architect. Every month a motley crew of archi-bloggers gather to write about the same topic. This month the topic was provided by Mike LeValley of Evolving Architect. To read posts from the other #Architalks crew check out the links below:
Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
This is NOT Mentorship
Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Mentors, Millennials and the Boomer Cliff
Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
teach them the way they should go: #architalks
Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Bad Mentor, Good Mentor
Jarod Hall - di'velept (@divelept)
The Lonely Mentor
Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Mentoring with Anecdotes vs. Creating a Culture of Trust
Nisha Kandiah - ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Mentorship : mend or end ?
Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Tim Ung - Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
5 Mentors that are in my life
Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Gabriela Baierle-Atwood - Gabriela Baierle-Atwood (@gabrielabaierle)
Ilaria Marani - Creative Aptitude (@creaptitude)
Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
mentor was on the odyssey
Mark R. LePage - EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
I've got a lot to learn
Jonathan Brown - Proto-Architecture (@mondo_tiki_man)
Emily Grandstaff-Rice - Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Gurus, Swamis, and Other Architectural Guides
Drew Paul Bell - Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Advice From My Mentor