Small Project Practitioners

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  RE:My firm is aTeenager!Jun 25, 2013 5:48 PMPamela D. Leonard AIA
 

RE:My firm is aTeenager!
From: Pamela D. Leonard AIA
To: Small Project Practitioners
Posted: Jun 25, 2013 5:48 PM
Subject: RE:My firm is aTeenager!
Message:
Why not ask your staff what would make them feel more heard and valued? Maybe ask them to submit a list of your firm's strengths, weakness, and ways to improve if they were in charge. Let them submit anonymously and then bring lunch in and pass out a compiled list and open the floor for discussion. Try to listen and not talk. Don't get defensive. Don't shoot down ideas. Do keep the conversation moving forward in a positive way and set some ground rules for no bashing any individuals, etc. You are looking for how to improve, not a vent session, necessarily. It may take a few lunches. Empower people to implement good ideas. Let go of the control of everything and let them have ownership in their ideas.

The worse thing is when staff feels like the bosses are making changes without even asking what staff needs.
Good luck!

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Pamela Leonard AIA
Architect
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