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Arguments Supporting ArchiSpeak

Posted October 22, 2015 by Charles Nelson

Recently published an article 150 Weird Words That Only Architects Use.  My response: Most of those 150 terms come from other lines of thinking that architects have merely borrowed (although they may attach slightly different meanings to them). Every profession and group has its own argot that it’s had to either borrow or create in...Continue Reading

Intentions and Pretensions in Architectural Discourse

Posted October 22, 2015 by Charles Nelson

Compiled by Charles Nelson (first published in Architect, Summer edition 1986-87) Recently, Design Intelligence retweeted an item from 150 Weird Words That Only Architects Use. This tweet whisked me back in time 29 years to a somewhat similar piece I’d written for the RAIA Victorian Chapter newsletter. I don’t fully agree with the premise...Continue Reading

Leadership Food for Thought

Posted October 20, 2015 by Charles Nelson

Leadership guru Tom Peters created a memorable idea, which has been repeated many times over by many people: Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders. One who repeated it, Roy Bennett (@Inspiring Thinkn) coupled the saying with an image of a pride of lions, perhaps by way of lending it more meaning: Fact: Only...Continue Reading

10 Ways to Uninspire Your Team

Posted October 3, 2015 by Charles Nelson

by Sally Forth >> Hold a motivational meeting with your team, then go out for a long lunch while they get to work. Tell Jim that you are too busy right now to listen to his suggestion on how to improve things in the office. Listen to Jim’s suggestions on how to improve things in...Continue Reading

Is Social Media Putting Trust Back Into Commerce?

Posted May 29, 2015 by Charles Nelson

Recently my friend Alan Travers and I were discussing the role of social media in the way business is transacted. The thought process that followed led me to conclude that social media was fundamentally changing the “trust terrain” we all live by. Here’s the story: Alan and I tossed around the rise of services like...Continue Reading