CADDManager on November 4th, 2008
This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series Adding Value

Often it is sheer determination that allows progress to be made in the area of CAD Management.

The site thefreedictionary.com defines determination as:

a. Firmness of purpose; resolve
b. A fixed intention or resolution

It has also been said that determination is the ability to look past ostacles and not just stare at them.

Winston Churchill put it well when he spoke in 1941… “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Now CAD Management is nothing like war, but determination is involved in both.

Here are the CAD Managers “Never give in’s”:

Never give in:

  • To those that say Standards don’t matter.  They do – because they define the boundaries of your CAD environment.
  • To the desire to give up.  No one will move CAD forward other than you.  If you stop moving, your firm stops moving.
  • To those that ignore your leadership.  You have been put in charge of overseeing the technology of design.
  • To those who think you can’t do the job.  Show them that you can.
  • To those who don’t think the firm needs a CAD Manager.  Show them why it does.
  • To those that who ignore you.  Keep stating your case.
  • To those that try to trump your decisions.  Make sure they understand your authority.
  • To the software that does not work the way you expect. Figure it out.
  • To the hardware that limits your software’s functionality. Buy better or figure out a work around.
  • To the reseller that does not call you back.  Keep bugging them.
  • To those who think that you are too intense.  Stay focused.  Be cordial but stay determined.
  • To the problems that just won’t go away.
  • To those who constantly say “No” to your requests for upgrades.

Keep your eyes focused on the goal.  Keep moving and don’t give up.

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