I relaunched Entrepreneur Architect on December 12, 2012 as an online resource for sole proprietors, small firm architects and students of architecture. It is my mission to share everything I know about succeeding in the profession and I encourage every other architect to do the same.
The most successful organizations are built around great teams sharing what they know. I believe that the future of our profession will depend on individual architects taking the responsibility for the changes needed. I am an active supporter of our current professional organizations, but I don’t think they have the same power that we do. When we bring together our collective knowledge, we will be unstoppable. We will take the profession to levels of success and respect that we’ve never before seen.
My father is a retired auto mechanic and I was born and raised a “Corvette Kid”. Dad would buy and sell classic Corvettes to earn extra money as he pursued his personal passions for classic cars. Cars are part of me and fast cars are in my blood.
Each year, I look forward to this past weekend all year long. Sunday evening, after a six hour Daytona, Florida rain delay, the Sprint Cup NASCAR racing series lunched their 2014 season. I am putting the final touches on this post while they race, so I don’t know yet who has won. I hope that by the time you are reading this, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has fought his way to the front and enjoyed his shower of champaign in victory lane.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is a team member at Hendrick Motorsports. In addition to Earnhardt, Jr.’s team, Hendrick fields three other NASCAR Sprint Cup teams, including teams for Kasey Kane, 4-time champion Jeff Gordon and current and 6-time champion Jimmy Johnson. Since the organization began in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 218 victories (hopefully 219 after tonight) and 11 Sprint Cup championships. One of the most successful organizations in NASCAR history, they are sport’s dream team.
Why is Hendrick so successful? The team owner, Rick Hendrick is a very respected leader who has established a culture of pride and cooperation. Unlike many of the other teams in NASCAR, Hendrick requires his four teams to share all information. During race day, the teams compete independently, but during the week the teams work together at the organization’s 100-acre fabrication facility, collaborating with transparency, swapping notes, comparing data, sharing everything they know. Many attribute much of Hendrick Motorsport’s success to this open, sharing environment.
Our mission here is the same. Share everything we know, so that we may dominate the pack. For generations, the architecture profession has been cloaked by a culture of secrecy. Architects have been slow to share the information that has made them successful. Fees, business systems, sales and marketing strategies have all been held close to the vest. Even within individual firms, leaders keep business strategies and financial stats hidden from members of their own firms.
This season of secrecy must come to an end. The survival of our profession depends on it. We must embrace a culture of collaboration. Sharing our knowledge with one another, and with future generations of architects, will build a profession of progress and success will be enjoyed by all.
With this blog, the Entrepreneur Architect Podcast, the Entrepreneur Architect Report (my free weekly newsletter) and speaking out with all of my knowledge every chance I receive, whether on a stage or online at Google Hangouts, I am doing what I can to lead the way to revolution. Things can change. We will be a strong and respected profession again.
Share what you know and lead the profession to progress and success. Together we will all be the champions of change.
How are you sharing your knowledge? Do you write a blog? Produce a podcast? Speak about the profession of architecture? Do you meet with fellow architects and compare notes? Do you invite interns to learn what you know? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
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