I’m a firm believer in investing. Not the kind that you do with stocks and bonds (although those are good, too!) but also the kind that happens when you put time and resources toward developing a team of professionals. After all, even the most experienced architects, designers and assistants can benefit from additional training and development.
Here are five of my favorite ways to invest in your own human capital:
Lunch and learn. Midday is an excellent time to corral the team to grab a bite to eat and learn something new. Nearly every two weeks we do just that, bringing in speakers or vendors so that our staff can educate themselves on new products, interact with materials and chat and collaborate with one another, usually over a catered lunch. These sessions need not be a passive, sit-and-listen experience, either. To make ours a little more fun, we try to get creative. One week we paired a vendor expo with a whiskey tasting. (Did you know that whiskey spelled with an “e” is generally Irish whiskey, and whisky spelled sans “e” is Scotch whisky?) Another week it was conversation over wine and cheese. Not only does the classic social lubricant make the conversation wittier, but the turnout is always excellent and it gives everyone a much-needed energy boost heading into the afternoon. Read More