Finishing Well Part 2

In my last newsletter, I outlined a few metrics by which a design professional measures “finishing well” … a successful conclusion to a significant amount of communication, inspiration, and perspiration.  It was an objective view based upon the primary aspects of an architect’s services.

There are many MORE parameters by which projects are concluded – the subjective facets of individual and group success … or lack of success.

Here are a few examples I have seen over the years:

GROWTH THRU PRESSURE.  The closer a project team gets to that “final deadline”, the more intense times become.  Although much information has been assimilated into a design (and the design documents … the “Plans and Specs”), there seems to be an increasing amount of detail as the deadline approaches.

This intensity is always matched by a blend of awe, understanding, and wonderment, depending upon the personnel comprising the team.  This intensity, this pressure, always brings growth – either actual growth in individuals’ abilities to “rise to the occasion”, or a maturing comprehension of coordination and collaboration.

  • In younger individuals, it seems the pressure brings an opportunity for growth … and it can be amazing to watch the growth occur!
  • In more experienced individuals, the pressure seems to bring an opportunity to reveal growth that has already occurred, but perhaps has been fallow for a while.

GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT.  The intensity of a final deadline can author a realization of “finality” – that all elements of the design must be present and coordinated by a particular time.  This inspires the mindset of “give it all you’ve got”, which typically leads an individual to recognize they had more to offer than they thought!

RECOGNIZE THE CHALLENGE.  Most things worth attempting are difficult.  I have mentioned to more than one person lately that “Order is always more difficult to attain than disorder.”

A design team strives to bring order to a building – an “object” comprised of the assemblage of products (static) and systems (dynamic) being designed typically for individuals (dynamic) to work, live, or play in … and which keeps out the weather (more dynamic than we would like sometimes!).

  • An individual who recognizes the challenge will almost always exhibit the commitment and growth described above.
  • An individual who sees the challenge but declines the opportunity … might later see that he/she habitually declines challenges, and therefore declines growth.

IT’S ALWAYS A TEAM EFFORT.  This is one of the things I LOVE LOVE LOVEabout the work our firm does!

We rarely have projects requiring only 1 of our staff; the vast majority need 2 or more persons.  Working side-by-side, hand-in-glove with a cadre of team players is like a daily festival of determination – an awesome mingling of energy, resolve, and flexibility … and occasionally even a little FUN!

I’ve been blessed to work with people whose success and consistency in the above is amazing!  Hopefully, as “success breeds success”, our firm will continue to attract like-minded individuals!

Wishing each of you all the best,
Bruce Herrington