Do You Solve Problems or Seek Solutions?

What does your cane toad look like?

As an architect/designer, are you a problem-solver or solution-seeker?

Your projects require you to create a balanced solution through aggregated value-adding decisions, to deliver your design vision within restrictive constraints.

Managing your business requires the same approach but it doesn’t happen.

Here, problems are usually seen in isolation (with a lack of interest, scope and synergies), to which we believe we have (or are capable of getting to) the answer.

This style of problem-solving just kicks the problems further down the road where they morph into something bigger.

Let me illustrate this point, cane toads were introduced into Australia from Hawaii in 1935 to solve the problem of native beetles damaging sugar cane crops. From the initial release of 102 toads there are more than 200,000,000 – decimating wild fauna and being fatally toxic to anything that might prey on them.

It didn’t solve the original problem but they continue to spread multiple new problems.

Seeking integrated solutions to the problems of managing your business requires being open to all possible ideas (where you may not have all the answers), then finding someone who can help create your solution.

You were trained formally in architecture/design with structured methodologies to support your creative passion for projects. You were taught Design Thinking – to understand, create and deliver.

Now you have the leadership of a small practice that you weren’t trained to manage.

This can lead to stress and anxiety because you may not fully understand why, what and how things could be done to minimize the time required to do what’s needed, and do it effectively. There’s no overview or big picture that helps you understand how it all fits together.

Unfortunately, this often leads to misdirection, avoidance or neglect with managing the practice, and the implications are far reaching because the practice becomes unsustainable as a business.

You need to step-up to YOUR NEXT LEVEL.

This is a programme specifically designed for small architectural / design practices. It brings the same structure of Design Thinking to improving and integrating the 7 ON-Business Fundamentals – in a practical way.

Are you a problem-solver of a solution-seeker for your business?

Freedom through Structure

The freedom to pursue your passion for projects because you have created a business structure that can be relied upon to practically manage your practice and convert striving into thriving to deliver your Sustainable Prosperity.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *