By Helen Callier
April 23rd, 2022
For the old basketball heads, sports gurus and superfans of the game, remember after Phil Jackson coached the Chicago Bulls team to 6 NBA championships and everyone said he was crazy to think that he could coach the Los Angeles Lakers to a championship because Michael Jordan was the only reason that he won 6 rings in Chicago.
We know the truth and history shows that Phil Jackson went on to coach the LA Lakers to 5 championships.
So how did this happen? How was Phil Jackson able to take the Lakers team with all its member’s having an “it’s about me attitude” and become champions?
And the question, you must be asking now is what does Phil Jackson and the Lakers have to do with building permitting?
I’m glad you asked.
Here’s what happened with the Lakers when Phil Jackson was coaching. He benched the player’s egos and made it less about the individuals and more about the unit – the team and focused on the result – winning. This translates to building permitting.
Once the team member’s egos were shelved, Phil then emphasized the basics and the importance of communicating. This combination with the main ingredient led to 5 NBA championships that many who love the game still talk about today.
Now, what does this story have to do with building permitting?
First, remove the ego and focus on getting your permit. Going into a jurisdiction espousing who you are, what you have done for years in this city, etc. carries little weight at jurisdictions that treat every project the same and work on a first in first out basis.
Secondly, following the basics such as: 1) starting early, 2) holding predevelopment meetings, 3) QA/QC permit set and 4) submit properly.
Third, communicate regularly by following up with Plan Reviewers based on comments received, track progress of reviews and fully respond to all comments before resubmitting, if needed.
Running an Architectural, and Contracting business has its challenges and permitting can add to your frustrations and the above three points will help you with your game. Taking a moment to see how other markets and industries like basketball approach problem solving and achieving goals can yield positive results and let you know in your arena that you require an expert to handle your permitting. If this is you, call us at 1.844.PERMIT.4 with any projects you need to win at permitting.
At PermitUsNow, we are committed to pulling permits for our Architect, Contractor, and Project Owner clients without delay, eliminating their frustrations with the permitting process. Plus, we make it easy for you to work with us. Simply: 1) Email us your plans, 2) Follow up on our feedback for any missing items, and 3) Let us get your permitting done for you. So, send us your plans today and we’ll free you up to focus on doing what you love – building your customers’ dreams. #BuildSafe