Reduce Your Task Load through Teaching24 Jul, 2013 By: Robert Green
Connect with the eager learners in your organization to build an exchange that benefits both sides.
Do you have any recurring CAD management tasks that you would love to delegate to others so you could move on to higher-value tasks? I'm talking about menial but necessary chores such as cleaning plotters and ordering supplies. The answer for most CAD managers is yes, but you can’t get these low-value tasks off your desk unless you have somewhere to send them, right? So the real question is, How can I get somebody else to take over these tasks? It’s a great question, and one that I pondered heavily until I realized the following truth:
Somewhere in your organization are a few curious, motivated, junior-level designers, engineers, or architects who want to learn more about CAD. These employees may not be in your department, but you’ve probably interacted with them in some fashion and recognized that they're sharp, eager, and quick to learn.
All you have to do is see the opportunity these eager learners provide you and take advantage of it. Fight the urge to say, "It's easier to do this myself" and go to your prospective assistant with the following proposition:
If you help me with some of the CAD management tasks I really need to get off my desk, I’ll teach you — and you’ll learn a lot about CAD in the process.
I ultimately came to realize that one person's CAD drudgery is another person's learning opportunity. In exchange for their labor, these motivated individuals gain access to the CAD manager. This means they can learn about CAD tools in a more detailed way, and tackle subjects that they would not be able to on their own. In addition, they also get to be seen by others as a junior manager–level employee.
On my end, when I work with these motivated individuals I ease my workload — and the company gets a smarter, better-rounded individual to boot. As an added bonus, when I work with someone new, they bring their unique perspective to problems and find new solutions I wouldn’t have thought of. In other words, they learn from me, but I also learn from them.
So go find the eager learners in your organization and start teaching them about CAD management. They'll help you, and you'll help them.
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