Episode 27


Everyone’s tired. Everyone’s over it. Life is hard, and no one cares. Amidst this backdrop of existentialist crisis, how do you keep your team – and yourself – motivated?

In this episode of As Built, we discuss what does – and doesn’t – work for architecture and building materials firms trying to keep everyone going even when you don’t feel like it.


  • Everyone is motivated by different things, so universal solutions don’t work for everyone
  • Don’t focus on the task, focus on the big-picture reason you do this work
  • If you can, avoid people and projects that drain you
  • Consider radical shifts in workloads and expectations, like the 85% effort model

Episode Resources

“To Build a Top Performing Team, Ask for 85% Effort,” Harvard Business Review

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As Built Podcast Ep 27: Motivation.