Inspired by a breakfast before flying to Autodesk University with perhaps one of the most elegant people I know reminded me to write this post about traditional values in modern working.
Some of you probably don’t need to have this pointed out but it’s worth me writing anyway… you see I have a desire to instil in people a way of working that embraces traditional and modern working methods and to note that they’re compatible. Whether drafting emails or modelling, creating a drawing or cultivating your physical or virtual presence – remembering the reason we are where we are, still holds weight in how people perceive us.
Many people reading this blog post may not have ever written a formal letter, printed it, signed it, popped it in an envelope and in the post tray… I’m not advocating going back to that – it would be absurd, but understanding how to form a business letter brings with it a level of professionalism easily translated to writing anything from an email to a slack post.
Similarly when composing drawings, you’re communicating a 3D form in 2D – so whilst we are still required to deliver drawings, do what you can to ensure the message/information/dimensions are all included, clear, succinct and above all do not repeat or contradict information in other documents. The kudos you receive from delivering coherent drawings is huge and respected by all parts of the industry no matter how ‘traditional’ or what generation they sit within.
Now we move to models and data- understanding what your output is and how you are communicating it is key. Having authored your information in a LEAN manner, QA/QC becomes part of the process as it always did (or perhaps better than it did!).
modern deliverables + thorough checking = success.
The scale of checking may be different and the tools/methods you use will be different but the reason and fundamental process remain the same – you’re treating your service with respect in ensuring it meets company or industry standards.
Your online presence is another component that will require considered curation – think about what it is you post and as a general rule, think whether or not you’d say it in person or show it to a group of people. If the answer is no, it’s probably best not to post it.
Which leads me finally to your physical ‘conduct’… it sounds a little too serious but you can’t really argue with the familiar proverb/aphorism:
“First impressions last”
“You don’t have a second chance to make a first impression”
For this reason take pride in your appearance, the way you speak, they way you introduce yourself and how you act in ‘social’ work situations… there’s nothing worse than knowing you can’t drink alcohol then making a fool of yourself in front of clients and colleagues who barely know you.
So nothing has really changed, traditional values (not necessarily ‘old fashioned’) do stand strong in the future of our work. Ultimately, have pride in what you do, how you do it and be honest in your dealings, opinions and feelings – people will respect you for it, I know I will.
Sermon over! Go be amazing and make those first impressions good ones with a lasting legacy.