The practice of leadership workshops

Master leadership and promote your team’s leadership.
Build a more adaptable and efficient practice.
Unleash the collective energy, passion, and capabilities of your team.

Most architects rate leadership as the most important skill in practice,

BUT

they rate architects as below average leaders!*

Ooof!

*I surveyed nearly 250 architects across firm sizes and roles. Leadership was ranked on average 1.6 in importance (with 1 being most vital). However  the profession’s leadership skills were rated at just 2.8 out of 5 (3 is average).

Workshops to take your practice from it sucks to success

You're struggling to find work and manage workflow. The joy of practice is fading.
Bottlenecks and other time constraints are putting the brakes on.
You're stressed and wearing too many hats. The team is out of sync. Friction is growing.

I get it
I've been there

What would it be like if you could have:
► A culture that empowers your practice to improve and scale.
► More time to do the work you love doing.
► A happy adaptable team that works more efficiently and effectively.

I got you

I offer
☑️ A leadership model for a more resilient and adaptable practice.
☑️ A guaranteed way to free up time.
☑️ Support in fostering a practice culture underpinning future growth so you can embrace any possibility.

Practice Leadership Packages

workshops ending with a better practice

Supporting your architectural practice to develop better leadership teams. Working with you on a leadership model that’s more responsive, agile and elevates your culture. So that you’re better placed to evolve, embrace opportunities and let go of limiting beliefs.

Who it's for

By making space for everyone who chooses to step up and lead, you’ll more readily identify leaders. A space for staff to build their leadership skills and existing leaders to develop their skills as well as mentor, level up and support new leaders. Continuing and reinforcing the shared ambition and vision of the practice. This might be for now and with a view to succession.

With better leadership in your practice you’ll typically increase productivity, wellbeing and commitment. Heading off bottlenecks by cultivating staff initiative and ownership of problems. Reduce indecision and increase productivity by instilling confidence and trust, through good leadership.

Delivering change through team agency, skills and expertise. Helping identify what can be done better through an understanding of how positive change is in everyone’s ownership. Engaging in new ways of leading and working with each other, cultivating ideas faster, and developing a shared vision. Benefitting the practice and its evolution.

Who it's not for

If you’re unwilling to give up of some of your power by supporting the leadership and agency of your team.

The best way to learn and get better is through trying new things, make mistakes and iterate – just like the design process. If you’re unwilling to lean into the discomfort of this commitment, it might not be for you.

It takes time for practices to adopt new leadership team structures and strategies. Leaders must be allowed to emerge naturally from within your practice, and as your team develops their skills and agency.

My Six Workshop Signature Package

The signature 6 workshop package

The beauty of the program

This 6 workshop package is conceived to tackle the insights gleaned from my conversations and surveys of hundreds of architects. The workshops have been structured to specifically address the challenges you face around leadership and practice. Designed to take your practice leadership to the next level.

This isn’t an all day deal where you’ll forget what you learnt as soon as you sit back at your desk. Instead they’re delivered in 90 minute blocks, followed by a 2 to 4 week break in which everyone can further process and practically apply the learning from the workshop. The package includes support to help embed the learning: with 3 group coaching sessions, and an online platform for answering your questions, and provide useful resources between sessions.

The detail

The first three 90 min workshops are held fortnightly and designed as an introduction to leadership:

  • How we might define a leader and the value they bring.
  • The various leadership styles and their pros and cons.
  • To be able to identify the core (or elemental) leadership skills and understand their value.
  • Leadership structures. How is this system working? What are the invisible bits?
  • How does stuff get done in your practice?
  • Constraints vs boundaries
  • How to change your practice. And make it stick. Iteration. Feedbacks loops. Sense-making.
  • Active collaboration on change making. Learning to experiment.
  • The pre-mortem.

The final three 90 min workshops are held monthly and are paired with group coaching sessions following each workshop. Focussing on further developing the understanding and skills of leadership. Whilst also developing and the best leadership model and framework for the practice to adopt.

  • The leadership skills the best leaders have.
  • Cognitive empathy. The leadership keystone.
  • Thinking differently about communication. On listening, feedback and support.
  • Leadership formations: the pros and cons.
  • How more distributed leadership works.
  • Where you might level up.
  • Building frameworks and boundaries.
  • Developing the useful practice systems and work ways.
  • Reintroducing the pre-mortem. Developing an iterative and experimental mindset.
  • Briefing with practice principal(s) to identify specific wants, needs and for workshop tailoring.
  • Three group coaching sessions (90 minutes each). Held one fortnight after workshop no’s 4, 5 and 6.
  • Ongoing access to an online forum and leadership network, with your own private channels, resources and further support.

Do you have questions?
Check out my FAQ below or book a free 45 minute Leadership Clarity Call.

Hi! I'm Michael. I've got you!

I’m an architect and coach – but not in that order.

After almost 30 years in practice, I stepped away to focus on how improving culture can advance the profession. Understanding architectural practice from the inside out, I now help architects at all levels with human skills and becoming better leaders so they can be more productive, more innovative, and less stressed.

I believe better culture is the key to better practice. You can measure KPI’s, profit and loss, and social engagement, but you can’t measure human skills. However, practices with good culture work more efficiently and effectively, have more engaged and happier staff, and are more agile and adaptable.

I founded Unmeasured in 2019 to run workshops and coach architects on leadership. You can find out more about me here.

Fun Fact: My NSW architect’s registration is #10,007 and I’ve a license to skill.

Generous support from past workshops

The workshop is not about problem-solving issues in your business, it's about adapting the way you think about problem-solving. You will learn that the best solution is more to do with the process, rather than the answer
I thought it would have been an awkward team building exercise, trying to get everyone's feelings out in the open. It definitely was not that, a good thought provoking experience about a number of topics, in which you share as much as you were comfortable with.
I really try to avoid self-improvement sessions and workshops… Michael’s workshop couldn’t have been more different. There was a sense of humour and empathy… without being saccharine.

FAQ's

I know architectural practice from the inside out after almost 30 years working in practice, including my own practice. I’ve taught Professional Practice at the UNSW. I coached in Seth Godin’s altMBA for 3 years and worked successfully with numerous architects as you’ll read in the testimonials above. You’ll find few leadership coaches that understand the architecture profession so intimately and holistically across all aspects of practice.

Anyone is free to join in these workshops. They are, however, targeted at the specific needs and challenges of architects and landscape architects.

No. I offer an introductory version of the Signature Package as well as being able to customise workshops to your practice’s particular needs. Book a free 45 minute Leadership Clarity Call and we can discuss how I can best support you.

In the multi-session workshops there’s an expectation that you will start to apply the learning from the session and incorporate it into your practice. This is the work you’ll need to do to practise.

Yes (in Australia). The number of CPD points varies with the length of the workshops.

Other services

Personal
Coaching

One-on-one sessions tailored to your strengths, challenges and preferences. Meeting you where you’re at.

Group
Coaching

For practices and collaborators developing the leadership skills and strategies you need in your team.