This past Friday, December 12th was the second anniversary of relaunching Entrepreneur Architect as a resource to inspire small firm architects to build better businesses. On December 12th, 2012, not only was this domain EntreArchitect.com launched, but I announced to the world with my own voice that the Entrepreneur Architect Podcast was to be my 12/12/12 Project; my “life altering” commitment to the mission of building a community of small firm architects with an influential force in the profession.
Throughout the past 24 months, I have shared most everything I know about running a small firm architecture studio. I’ve shared the good and bad, the happy and the sad. I have held nothing back. I have enjoyed my time speaking with dozens guests and learning from all the knowledge that they were willing to share with our listeners. I have had a great time producing the show and connecting with all of you, the Entrepreneur Architect community.
With the latest episode sharing my 5 rules for successful leadership, I have now published 56 episodes. The show has been downloaded almost 80,000 times and is listened to throughout the world.
In celebration of our 24 months “on the air”, today I am sharing the top five episodes of the Entrepreneur Architect Podcast. These are the most popular episodes to date in terms of total number of downloads. Looking back at the many questions I receive each day via email and through the Entrepreneur Architect Academy, I am not surprised by the results of this top 5 list.
Without a doubt, the top items on our agenda as small firm architects are to find more time and make more money.
After 40+ years, I don’t have much hope of ever finding a cure, but recently I have found some ways to hang on to the wagon and stay focused on getting things done.
With so many things on my plate, I often find myself paralyzed with overwhelm and I get nothing done.
I fall back on old bad habits of soothing time wasters like clicking the “Get Mail” button on my Mac over and over again and checking my email for the next very important message. Or I find myself…
A little past 6AM, tunes from the local radio station wake me from a very deep slumber. Typically, I will set the alarm to 6:14, so I hear music rather than the daily bad news report. I am very serious about my “full media blackout“.
I certainly don’t spend enough time sleeping and for the past few weeks I’ve been rising at 4:34AM. My oldest son James decided that he wanted to join a morning swim training camp and he needs to be on deck by 5:50AM. So this is my summer schedule and sleep is still something I am still trying to figure out.
I’m up late every night working…
In this episode of the Entrepreneur Architect Podcast, I talk about how to create your own life plan and I’ll walk you through my own business plan step-by-step; the actual plan that I developed for Fivecat Studio back in 2006.
I’ll share all my previously confidential information and show you how Annmarie and I took Fivecat Studio from a struggling stalled small firm to a successful regional leader.
Since that time, my plans have evolved…
In this first episode, I sit down with Christopher Pollard, Founder and CEO of Anon Design Collective (live at Fivecat Studio). He is trained as an architect, but has taken his career in a very different direction.
Chris says, “Architecture is Dead”.
Listen and find out if you agree.
The innovative ideas and concepts we create can often only be born after hours (sometimes days) of intense thought and several dozen layers of sketch paper. The personal emotion, attachment and dedication that each project receives is unequaled in any other profession.The time and effort required to properly develop a design and complete a thorough set of construction documents is difficult for most anyone outside the profession to understand.
I find it very interesting that all but one of my top 5 episodes are solo shows, where I just get behind the microphone and give my own personal thoughts on one subject of success in business, leadership or life. Finding more time and making more money are certainly what we are seeking most as small firm architects.
As you well know, I am here to serve, so watch for more specifics on these topics in 2015, both here on the blog and over at the podcast. We are going to dive deep and get tactical in the next 12 months. So, stay tuned.
Which is YOUR number 1 episode? Did any show change the way you do business or lead your life? Which topics would you want to see re-visted? Which topics are you still waiting to hear?
I want to know which episodes of The Entrepreneur Architect Podcast are your favorites… but rather than leaving a comment here on the blog, please review this podcast on iTunes. Your honest reviews and ratings, will help other Entrepreneur Architects find the show and help to continue our influence on the profession.
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