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BEST PRACTICES

COME TOGETHER
Collaboration is critical to growing innovation. BY MICHAEL BOREN

Whether we work together
or not, we learn from what
others do.

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roblem solving is one of my favorite
activities. Recently, I've gotten into
creating custom cabinetry as a
weekend hobby. Sketching designs,
calculating the amount of material needed,
and making sure all the tools are nearby is a
regular occurrence around my house. However, I'm a hobbyist at this art form. Often, I
ask other people on how to best approach a
specific nook or cranny detail.
When I first started out, my projects were
pretty basic but as I learned from others and
shared ideas about designs and tactics, my
weekend hobby has turned out some great
work. I've come to realize when people are
really passionate about something they are
willing to help others regardless of whose
name is on the final product. Why do we

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collaborate on hobbies but not in our professions? Competition is
fierce within the AEC industry, so it's easy to make the people who
work for your competitor into the bad guys. Maybe you think their
approach isn't as good as yours, or they'd steal your clients or trade
secrets in a heartbeat. But if we spend our entire careers keeping
ideas bottled up and kept for ourselves then who are we benefiting?
We would both be missing out on a chance to make our industry
better for each of us, both of our companies, and the communities
we serve.
AEC should be a collaborative industry. The best projects don't succeed just because an AEC firm is great at running a business or writing
good contracts. Most elements of the design and construction process
have developed over time, through decades of people coming together
to innovate new ways to make the industry better for everyone.
Whether we work together or not, we're constantly learning from
what the other person is doing. When we start to actively try to help
each other fix the industry that we both share, that's when great
things can start to happen.

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