What Will Be Your New Year’s Resolution?

By Keith Flanagan, Professional Development Architect –  Architecting the Enterprise

Imagine how pleased I was when I was recently contacted by the internationally renowned author, speaker and EA guru Mike ‘The Architect’ Walker; who had expressed interest in our Elevating Enterprise Architecture services and wanted to find out more. It transpired that Mike is currently developing presentations around the theme of emotional intelligence and how it applies to EA effectiveness; which really lies at the heart of what EEA is all about.
We know – because you subscribe to this newsletter, that you are already technically proficient, possibly even gifted? And you know, that barriers in your workplace exist which prevent you from performing at the top of your game as an Architect. The chances are, these barriers are most likely to be people or processes (imposed by people) that stop you from doing what you really want to do.
So, how do you work around these barriers that stop you from getting what you really want?

The answer is in knowing what and where these barriers are and by developing strategies to overcome them. EEA helps you to do this by first identifying your true stakeholders and then thoroughly profiling them so that you know the behavioural characteristics they will positively respond to. Once this has been achieved, your position is strengthened by advantage. You will know what to say and how to say it in a way that will evoke a positive response.
Now here’s a fact. People like people who are like themselves and simply put; people buy things from people that they like. That’s why you continue to shop at the same stores and remain with the same service providers. By developing your stakeholder relationships through the conscious deployment of your emotional intelligence, you can influence sponsors, champions and interested parties to give your projects the green light and keep them alive.
Architecting the Enterprise currently offers three services in order to help you do this. The first option is a classroom-based workshop that anyone may attend. We have recently published dates for our ‘EEA 2013, Winter and Spring World Tour’ on our website, and we will be running three-day workshops in the USA, Canada, the UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Germany and Belgium between January to March.

The second offering is a private workshop in which we assist you to consider your own and your team’s emotional intelligent quotient (EQ) and then help you to identify and profile your key stakeholders and build resonating value messages based on this analysis. This is the start of really elevating your architecture practice within your own organisation.
The final offering is the EEA on-line course which is a self-study package and takes about 12 to 16 hours to complete. Once registered, you will have six-months to access the material so that you can study in the privacy of your own home and at your own pace.

Participants of all of the above offerings can take their studies one-step further by undertaking our case study assignment which leads to an endorsed certificate issued by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) – the UK’s premier awarding body for Leadership and Management qualifications. This route also provides students with free access to the ILM’s study materials and EEA students can gain access to career-promoting knowledge from experts in leadership and management.
Mike ‘The Architect’ Walker is endorsing EEA and is planning more of his excellent presentations around the subject of EA effectiveness at forthcoming industry events. His endorsement alone should be good enough to make you think about your New Year’s professional development resolutions for 2013.

Wishing you the very best for this festive season and for 2013 and beyond.

Kieth Flanagan

Professional Development Architect

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