Where to find Ideas
What I am reading/ listening too....
  • The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion
    The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion
    by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, Lang Davison
  • Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir
    Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir
    by John Paul Stevens

This is my mentorship page, where I list thoughts and ideas that have helped me with my career, my projects, my life and hopefully will help you. I am not a career counselor or trained therapist, however after 30 plus years I have probably seen most situations at least once. This is free, so you get what you pay for....


Career Advice


  • act like you own the company
  • think of it as your money
  • do not expect your firm, corporation, organization, agency to do anything for you, take the initiative
  • invest in yourself, it will pay you back
  • where possible, use humor to diffuse difficult situations (this of course assumes you have a sense of humor)
  • if you plan to attend architectural / design school here are a few words of wisdom
    • join as many organizations and outside interests as possible- relationship building is an important skill that you need to develop.
    • take public speaking classes, you can be the greatest designer in the world but you will need to learn to lead others to follow you. if you have already graduated, join Toastmasters or similar organizations.
  • be open to others- your personality and skill sets are different from your colleagues and partners. It will take all kinds to make a successful project.


Consulting Advice


  • First law- a consultant will tell you the opposite of who you are, as a way to improve your process. 
    • The reason is because he/she has to present some new idea, or they are not earning their keep. 
    • Example, if you are centralized organization, they will suggest you become decentralized.
  • Second law- everyone has an agenda. The stand they take on a position depends on where they sit.