2014 a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship
Case Study Response
Keeping a firm functional as it recovers from a fallen economy is entirely dependent upon the work ethic, and commitment, each individual employee asserts towards the team as a whole. It is up to the leading members of the group to activate employee engagement. I find that boosting the engagement of all employees is integral for the success of any business. Through leading with clear communication and honesty, it is my duty as a partner of this given firm to identify which individuals amongst the team embody the qualities necessary to take a step forward into leadership positions.
A productive working environment reflects one which is also of constant learning. Regular office meetings regarding project statuses, as well as both team and individual progress, promotes a healthy development amongst the firm. By employees understanding what is expected of them, their ability to demonstrate quality work becomes more probable. Amongst these individuals, leaders are formed. As a partner, I believe by conveying the need for further leadership throughout the office to my coworkers would promote involvement from all levels. Entry-level interns working under experienced staff should not be simply kept busy, rather, immersed within all aspects of the architectural profession through the guide of these experienced individuals. Potential leaders within the firm are not ones that are merely dependable project managers, yet, well-rounded individuals. Individuals that respond to tasks that go beyond scheduled deadlines, as well as remain constantly engaged with the entire team.
My task as a partner is to apply this methodology throughout the workplace in order for co-partners, potential leaders, and even interns to follow. Thus, ensuring the long-term productivity and overall success of the business. By actively displaying leading qualities, recognition, and encouragement to my team, the prospected result will undoubtedly be the development of future leaders.