Pushing work down

For those of you working in A/E/C offices, what kind of project tasks are your administrative staff taking on? Have you given any thought to pushing what some refer to as “technical” work down to your admins?

You can do that, you know. There are a number of project documents that do not need to be signed or sealed by a licensed practitioner. I consider those administrative in nature, and an architect or an engineer on the project team does not have to be the one to write or manage those documents.

A few years back I wrote a little bit more about this, submitting it to SDA National. Check this out.




Oops, I did it again!

Inspiration comes to me (flows into me) in many forms.

What inspired me to take on another big leadership role–after having been there, done that two years ago?

The inspiration this time came from a job well done; let’s see if we can top that.

I’m talking about my professional life and specifically as a member of the Society for Design Administration (SDA). In 2014-2015, our Seattle chapter turned things upside down and just went gang-busters on doing so much more than had been done before. The really cool thing (for me anyway) was that we provided 17.70 hours of continuing education units (CEUs).

Then during our 2015-2016 board term (yours truly served as Vice President), we offered 23.65 CEUs. (You read that number right; that’s definitely not a typo.)

So there it is. That’s my inspiration. I wanted to be on the next team to try to beat those stats.

So when the Nominating Committee called, I—with some hesitation of course, because it’s a huge, non-paying job—said yes, I’ll do it again. I’ll serve as the chapter president-elect for 2016-2017. And you know what that means, don’t you? That means in 2017-2018, I will serve again (for the third time in my life) as the chapter’s president.

So . . . by saying yes, I volunteered for three more years of service to an all-volunteer board of directors.

Which is really kind of scary. Will we have awesome, dedicated and passionate members who are willing to serve on the board during those years?  Will we have awesome, dedicated and passionate members who like a good challenge and are willing to help the board work on the 5 goals that will lead us to successfully achieve our 5-year vision?

I think so. I hope so. I know that the last couple of years have demonstrated to SDA members and the A/E/C community that our chapter (and the entire SDA organization) is a valuable resource, and I think from that comes dedicated and passionate members.

So now what does that mean for me? I just need to step up my game and try to be the best leader as I can be:

  • Someone who initiates and promotes team performance
  • Someone who models leader behavior
  • Someone who helps further the goals of the chapter and the organization at large

imageSince I did it again, you can bet I’ll be blogging about my adventures. I hope you’ll hang in there with me, and also share your leadership experiences (the good and the not-so-good).