By Leo MacLeod This scenario might sound familiar: After receiving a delegated task, the person emails back half-done work, saying, “Did as much as I could; kicking it back to you.” You take the bait and help out and kick it back to the person. They hit another wall, and you help again. This continues […]
Leadership – Is it Common Sense?
by Greg Burke, FAIA, NCARB Is there such a thing as common sense leadership. Quoting Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, “…the short answer is yes! The long answer is Hell Yes!” In previous articles we have looked at traits and styles of leadership. The main question about leadership is can anyone do it? The answer […]
Leadership – a Matter of Style
by Greg Burke, FAIA, NCARB Leadership style can take on many different facets. As in architecture, leadership style is a manner of doing something. Style also is a distinctive appearance typically relating to a way in which something is designed. In my previous articles, I put forth the idea that leaders can be both made […]
Leadership – What Is It?
by Greg Burke, FAIA, NCARB In the initial article on the subject of leadership I put forth the proposition that leadership is not a mystical thing that cannot be explained. In this article we will take a look at the characteristics of what a leader is and why this is important to the EntreArchitect community. […]
An Introduction To Leadership
by Greg Burke, FAIA It is often said the leaders don’t create followers, they create other leaders. Why is this important? Leadership is not a mystical thing that is often hard to identify but can be seen in just about everyone who involves themselves in operating in and for a business. Not everyone is cut […]
What Was I Thinking?
Four Lessons in Telling the Truth
My First Assignment Many years ago, before Annmarie and I started our residential architecture firm, I was a project manager with Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson Architects in Mt. Kisco, New York. I worked very closely with the senior partner at the time, Dick Kaeyer. My first assignment as Project Manager was a major addition and […]
How to Develop a Strong Culture at Your Architecture Firm
A Culture at Your Architecture Firm Will Make or Break Your Firm As your small firm grows beyond its infancy of the sole practitioner and you develop a strong team, the culture of your firm will evolve. The different personalities and experiences brought to your firm will mix and a firm culture will develop; with or […]
How to Establish an Orientation Process for New Employees in Architecture
For this final week of March here at EntreArchitect.com, where throughout the month we have been sharing content on the theme of Leadership, we are sharing a great guest post from earlier last year by Norbert Lemermeyer of Architecture + Business. Establish an Orientation for New Employees The following outlines the standard orientation for a new […]
5 Principles of Servant Leadership
Successful Leadership as an Architect Late one winter night, under a bare bulb in an empty under-heated DC university dorm room I read Leadership Is an Art by Max De Pree; a book that influenced my approach to leading others from that night forward. Earlier that day, our hosts at the 1992 American Institute of […]
The older we get, the more we discover the true value of our time. There is little more valuable than each moment of our lives. Minute by minute, the story of our life unfolds. Most everything else is renewable; money, relationships, companies… it can all be earned, reclaimed or rebuilt, but with each click of […]
Eight Independent Architects Taking the Lead
These past weeks, before and following the AIA Convention in Denver, I have heard from many architects seeking solutions to the crisis in which we architects find ourselves. Many small firm architects and sole proprietors have declared Repositioning a failure before it has even begun. This August will mark my twentieth year in this profession. […]