…for whom the bell tolls…

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring

…for whom the bell tolls…

At the time of this writing, we are awaiting confirmation of Moammar Gadhafi/Khaddafy’s capture (and/or death) in Libya. Without passing judgment on people or movements, let’s look objectively at these, and other similar, recent developments.

I believe that lessons can be gleaned from political events (such as the “Arab Spring”), without promoting any particular political agenda – and will attempt to do so in the next few paragraphs.

If the past decade has taught us anything, it is that Actions without Ownership are difficult to sustain. Sure, one can send in a “Special Ops” team, dispatch the “Dictator du Jour” and claim “Mission Accomplished”. But, what happens without clear Ownership of the Action is that a void is created and a chaotic period often follows.

It’s much better to have a Grass Roots Movement, with a vested interest, work toward an Action, having time to develop Concepts, Logistics and Leadership along the way. If the Action should be successful, a Structure to Manage it will be easier to put in place.

Another corollary to this topic is that “the Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend” approach seldom stands the test of time. Alliances should be forged based on long-term ideals and objectives.

So…what the heck does this have to do with Architecture/Engineering/Construction, BIM and/or IT?

If you are the firm’s “Tyrant”, it might be in everyone’s best interest for you to solicit – and sincerely consider – input from “the masses” (i.e. your loyal staff).

If you are in the “Proletariat”, formulate your ideas into plans and reach out to both your “Comrades” and your “Ruling Class”.

If you are in a position to issue Mandates without obtaining buy-in from the people who will have the opportunity to make them or break them, just DON’T.

Treating the Contributions of others as Commodities and failing to deliver a Consistent Message are two of the quickest ways to undermine Support.

Change (and Growth) can be a positive for all involved. It needn’t be a “Win-Lose” proposition. Reflect on the above and you can avoid being the next “Government” toppled.

Dave

About Dave Pluke

Dave Pluke served as "the man behind the curtain" (Principal and VP of Technology) of a successful Structural Engineering firm for over 2 decades. Overseeing the transition from two, stand-alone 80286 Personal Computers, through Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Design to a fully networked, Building Information Modeling (BIM) integrated environment has provided plenty of "life lessons" (sounds better than "battle scars", doesn't it?). This blog's purpose is to share those experiences and apply lessons learned to better assist meeting the challenges of the future.
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