Management takes many forms in the design firm. These articles explore management issues in a number of ways. I am assembling these articles here for you in case you missed them when they first appeared.
Unique Methods is a concept that I learned from The Strategic Coach. Very helpful concept.
Do Architects Need Math?
How much math do architects really need? It turns out that guidance counselors are out of touch with what architects actually do.
Fee As A Percentage Of Construction Cost
Everyone needs to know about this fee benchmark.
Written Agreements - Gotta Have Em
When your accountant wants a three-page agreement to do your taxes, it might be time to get serious about contracts.
Do You Need The Kolbe System?
The Kolbe System sheds light on what you can expect from people and how to work with them for the best results.
The Six Thinking Hats
This little book by Edward De Bono teaches you how to think. That’s right, you don’t know how to think!
This is what the Architekwiki NEWSletter looks like if you haven't seen it yet.
The next issue of the Architekwiki NEWSletter is due out on December 3rd. I’m cranking on it now, but things are still a little fuzzy. I thought I would use this post to think through a few options and urge you to sign up so you don't miss the next issue.
Here are some of the possibilities.
- estimating design fees: a review of the process that I use to arrive at a fee
- hiring interns: pros - cons - considerations
- starting the Architekwiki Weekly (our newspaper): the thought process
- planning an eBook: what, when, why and how
- 100% off something: a discount code to get something from the store for free
- a new file of some sort: include a link in the NEWSletter to a free download, eliminating the Store process
Of course, the actual content won’t matter to you if you don't subscribe to the NEWSletter because that is the only place it will appear. Why not SUBSCRIBE right now so you don’t miss out?
The more you know, the more you grow, the more you hold it all together. You are counted on. YOU have to do it. Now!
Creativity, deadlines, complexity, codes, budgets, coordination. Did I mention deadlines?
Where’s the balance? Where’s the serenity?
I don't know if anyone has THE answer.
One thing that I tried, that I was able to fit into my day, was meditation. Transcendental Meditation [TM] complements of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I think TM is a good system but there are many ways to go. I think the important thing about meditation is to do it. Twice a day. Every day.
The rules are simple. No eating or exercise for two hours beforehand. Sit up straight. A dining room chair is ideal. Close your eyes. Think your mantra (TM). Or any of several alternatives.
When you realize thoughts have intruded, return to your meditation. Continue for 15-20 minutes.
I find that once a day is better than nothing, but the real benefits come from twice a day. That second meditation is my bane. The ’day’ invariably gets in the way. I’ve often fit that second meditation in by sitting in my car in a parking lot. Where there is a will there is a way.
Give it a try. There are actual physical benefits to be gained.
Well, the Dalek Stress Toy comes highly recommended by Dr. Who; but, if you wan to try meditation, this Google Search might be more helpful.
There are also a number of videos on YouTube that you could explore.
The Apps Store might have what you are looking for, too.
Well, if you live long enough you get to find out how stupid some of your ideas are.
When I designed our house 31 years ago, I saved about $75 by using pull chain lights in three closets. The savings was the cost of wall switches and additional wiring that I didn't have installed. It was probably less than that. Today you can buy a pull chain light fixture for about $4.00 at Home Depot, so you can see we were going 'big budget'.
So what's the big deal?
They don't last forever.
And they are just as much trouble to replace as a $500 fixture. But you don't have a switch so unless you want to get into that, you end up with ... another pull chain fixture for your trouble.
"But, they are so simple; what could go wrong?"
1] The little mechanical chain operated switch breaks.
2] Most of 'chain' is actually a cotton cord. On a ceiling-mounted fixture, the cord 'burns out' from touching the lamp. (Mount to the wall or add real chain until past the lamp.)
Wiring is simple without a wall switch - cheaper by $50 or so. But if you want 'cheap' or the aesthetic, use a wall switch. You have been clued-in.
Side issue - why the f$!k can't anyone make a 100w incandescent equivalent CFL that is actually equivalent instead of 20% less bright. I am about two more trips to the hardware store away from having memorized the lumens I want. I'm sure the NSA is behind this.