coaching

“The things we want are transformative, and we don’t know or only think we know what is on the other side of that transformation,” – Rebecca Solnit

the arghs of argh-itecture

Architectural practice is hard. It’s challenging, whether you run your own practice or have ambitions of running your own practice. You might be struggling with any one or many of these things:

  • Finding the projects or clients you really want to work with, the ones that fill you up not run you down.
  • A sense of inevitability to each day at the office and languishing in acceptance that that’s the way it is.
  • Relationships with staff, clients, consultants or someone else you work with. This includes managing and communicating in ways that build a happy work environment, growth and good culture.
  • Time. Finding enough time to do the work you really love, or simply enough time.
  • Stuck in the practice they have, not the practice they want.

beat the argh
take back architecture

It can be hard to change the inertia of architectural practice alone. You don’t need to do this work on your own. I got you.

Identifying the real problem in the practice as well as the specific pain points can be challenging. It’s like reading a book, you can see the words if you’re too close to the page. I’ve helped a number of architects gain the perspective they need to make the changes necessary to bring the joy into their practice and the practice they want.

what we'll do together

We’ll start with an audit of your practice, to understand where you’re at, the challenges you face and where you want to go. We’ll consider your practice holistically and might then focus in on one aspect of your practice that you want to work on. We can work on big parts like the design of your practice, or smaller areas such as marketing, business development, your systems, HR and human skills development, each in the context of your practice and your ambitions for it.

We’ll identify the areas that need work and after every time we meet you’ll have something to go away and work on and/or develop.

benefits or the end of argh

As we progress you will build strategies, frameworks, habits and actions to make change happen in your practice and you’ll continue to use and refine. You’ll learn useful tools along the way to assist and enable to continue the work even once we’ve finished working together. Everything we do is specific to you, your practice and the objectives you’ve outlined at the start.

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Group Coaching

I’m currently developing Group Coaching Sessions. In these sessions we’ll focus in on one area of practice over 4 coaching sessions. Areas of practice we might focus in on will be around designing your practice, staff & other relationships, finding time, rethinking your practice. I’m also open to suggestions and will endeavour to accomodate.

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frequently asked questions

Why do I need a coach? I can do it on my own.

I have seen a number of architects do so, but most have help to drive change in their practice. The help may not necessarily be a coach, it might be a business consultant, their accountant, a mentor, a board of advisors, or someone else. I strongly encourage everyone to ask for support for any work they do to build their practice. You don’t need to do it on your own. There are brilliant people out there. The biggest difference between a coach and these other people is that they’ll more likely to give specific instruction, whether it is right for you or not. A coach will support you in finding the way to make change happen that’s tailored and right for you. Starting with a series of questions to identify what you personally need and leading to identifying the way that works for and supports you. Arming you with insights, strategies, frameworks and tools to take you and your practice to the next level.

Why you Michael?

To be honest up front. It’s important that you have a good relationship with your coach and a good fit. It’s not unlike having a good relationship between client and architect. I recommend you talk to a number of coaches before settling on one. Obviously I hope it’s me, but I’ll be happy for you if you find someone that’s a better fit and I’ll be cheering for you over here.

I’ve had almost 30 years working in practice, including in my own practice. As well as teaching in Professional Practice at the UNSW. As I’ve written elsewhere here, I know practice from the inside out. I’ve coached in the altMBA for a number of years. I’ve successfully worked with a number of architects as you’ll read in the testimonials above. You’ll find very few coaches that understands the architecture profession so intimately and holistically across all aspects of practice.

I Got You

I hear you…

I’ve been in the same pickle in architectural practice (too often). We teach what we need to hear and know ourselves.

I’ve spent the last few years learning new skills and working out how they might be best applied to architectural practice. Now I’m sharing that knowledge with architects and continuing to develop better architectural practice, as well as taking the time to learn and coach others from outside of architecture.

As we say in practice…

Workshops

Work with Michael.
Work with others.
Make change happen.

Consulting

A better practice.
Holistically considered.
Exploring the possibilities.