I’ve been following up on some past blogs and comments and I’ve realized we’ve missed harping on one of my core values. This concept of “ego,” which is probably the one thing that is most central to how my firm works with our engineers, our clients, and the contractors, is that we try very VERY hard to not let any egos get in the way of what we do.
I am fortunate in that sense. Being a woman in this profession, it’s never about the male game: “NaNaNaaNaa BooBoo, I’m taller than you are.” After all, that is rather childish. And the term “team building” is overused and becoming hallow of late.
I truly believe three things regarding ego:
- Everyone wakes up in the morning wanting to do good.
- Contractors, evil engineers, or building inspectors don’t intentionally “have it in” for a particular project.
- The full project team (owners, architects, engineers, contractors, etc) want to see the project through to a happy completion and functional use.
So, is this “team building”? Is it unique to me? Likely not. My architect colleagues/friends have called me “a connector.” I have developed a sense of joy and love for my profession that goes beyond the chest pounding “Look what we did here. Look what we did there. Look what we will do for you.” Before you know it, you’ve we-we-weed all over yourself. Rather than saying, “Look what I did,” I find myself marveling at “Wow, how cool is that? Look at all those people having a good time.”
What does this matter? It’s based in common sense, something that is harder to find these days. What other aspects of “what’s a good way to get things done” can you share?
—Lisa Stacholy, AIA