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I often compare working with adults to working with children. Here is a list of suggestions to getting something done, whether it is other colleagues at work or your kids at home.

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It’s never easy getting someone else to just “buy in” and do something — at least not unless there is some big reward at the end. So share your vision and get “buy in” from your team. If it is possible, allow the team to shape the vision of the project, task, or event.

Find out what motivates your team. My wife and I have been procrastinating about swapping out the kids play room with my office. By engaging my team (my kids) while my wife was out, I was able to have them help us jump start the small but arduous task ahead of us (since the two rooms are separated by two flights of stairs).

Looking at all that needs to be completed is daunting, but when you break down the overall tasks into smaller, manageable tasks it appears doable. As things get done it is easy to keep the momentum going to complete the project and move on to the next one. Do not overwhelm the team — break down the activities into manageable tasks. Be realistic with the schedule to keep them motivated and on track.

Asking for and receiving continuous feedback helps the team see that their ideas matter. Integrating the team’s ideas into your overall project makes them feel vested in the project. It is easier to get things done when your entire team is on board with where things are headed. In my case, I asked my kids where they wanted to relocate some of the toy “stations” so they could be involved in the decision making process.

OK, playing “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and “Mickey Mouse Built a House, How Many Bricks Did He Use?” (throwbacks from when I was a kid), might not go over well at work. However, taking a break from a task will help recharge and refocus the team. Take this opportunity to encourage and bond with the team. Remind them of the vision.

Use the break to bond. Whether or not this project is as successful as you envisioned it to be it is a learning opportunity (try to “break the eggs” and learn on the smaller or less important tasks, if you have to). Having a solid team will help with the success of future projects. We can grow from our challenges and experience and learn to work with our strengths (and the strengths of our team).

Keep giving the team positive reinforcement (and yourself too). Telling the kids that mommy was going to be “so happy” when she saw what we had undertaken, kept the little troops motivated walking up and down those stairs carrying office supplies and toys on those countless trips up and down stairs.

Ice cream after dinner worked in my case. Again, see what motivates the team and offer a reward. It doesn’t necessarily need to be money or a promotion. Something small like a gas card or tickets to the movie or ball game would be a nice token of appreciation for having your tea, finish the job. It makes them feel appreciated and keeps them focused on completing the tasks expeditiously.

Go back to the team and see what ideas they have for the next project. Also remember to ask what the best and worse parts of the project were so that the next project is even more successful. Make a list of “Lessons Learned” so you don’t forget!

If you can, avoid being a micro-manager; Next time be part of the team instead of being the leader. Let the others take the role of the committee chair, project managers, etc. What better way to teach leadership then to give someone else a turn to manage a project, task, or event? You can mentor each other (if you are willing to be reversed-mentored). They get a seasoned team member with a wealth of knowledge and experience. It’s a win-win for both and a fantastic way to build a strong, versatile team. It’s also humbling and a great way to see the project from the eyes of the guys in the trenches, which in turn, will make you a better leader for the next big thing.

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What would you say to young students thinking about a career in #Architecture? by @WJMArchitect (Part 2)

I was recently catching up with my buddy Billy Martin and I asked him to help me write about Architecture as a profession.

This is part two of what he had to say….

Question: What would you say to young students thinking about a career in Architecture?

by William J Martin

All of this is part of the plans or “blueprints” of a building to be built.

Architects need to be physically fit and mentally strong. While the building is being constructed, the architects are visiting, checking, walking on steel beams, crawling into foundations, climbing up on the roof. We do this to make sure everything fits together properly and safely.

Knowledge of sports and sports strategy is needed for the architects and workers to be acting as a coordinated team while assembling the building. Thinking ahead to the “next play” is part of the strategy of building a design from the plans. Very often millions of dollars are spent on buildings and architects are there to help get it done.


Architecture is a licensed profession just like a doctor, a lawyer, or dentist, This means a person must go to and finish college, study, and pass tests given by the government,. Passing the tests shows the person has all the knowledge needed to provide architectural services safely and competently to the public. We don’t want our buildings to fall on people.

Studying hard and doing well in high school is a good start to becoming an architect. English, math, science, history, and especially art, drawing, and computer classes are courses in high school that will prepare you for architecture school. School plays and stage set building, playing sports, being physically fit is also good preparation.

After high school, apply to an accredited architecture college for admission to an architecture learning program. It takes a minimum of five years of college to complete the courses and receive a college degree in architecture.

After college, a 3 year, paid internship is required. You work in a real architect’s office and use the knowledge that was learned in college. You get paid for your valuable work as you learn more. The intern architect works with a licensed architect to learn how exactly to use the knowledge that was learned in the classroom. The internship involves doing everything an architect does, but the more experienced architect guides the intern architect to make sure things are done right.

After the internship is completed, passing the Architectural Registration Exam is the next step. Once you get a passing grade on that exam, the State you live in, will give you an official license to practice architecture and design buildings on your own. You can then start you own company and design buildings for people who need them.

Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania

Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence – 2nd Floor Plan

Green design—

Many architects are now using a design point system called LEED. L E E D stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a green building rating system by which buildings are designed, constructed and rated for energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity. Buildings are designed and built using environmentally responsible construction materials and methods.

The importance of architecture as a profession–

Architects are more important then ever to our country and our environment. Right now architects around the world are using math, science and computers to design new kinds of buildings that will save energy and reduce damage to the environment. Everyone needs a home or building in which to live or work. Having buildings that use less electricity, less heating in winter, less air conditioning in summer, will use much less energy. That means power plants will produce less power and reduce pollution of the air and water. This is important to preserve the environment now and in the future.

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Frank Cunha III
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What would you say to young students thinking about a career in #Architecture? by @WJMArchitect (Part 1)

I was recently catching up with my buddy Billy Martin and  I asked him to help me write about Architecture as a profession.

This is part one of what he had to say….

Question: What would you say to young students thinking about a career in Architecture? 

by William J Martin

I speak with students all the time about architecture as a profession.. ok …… 13-14 year olds………here goes…

Architecture as a profession–

The architectural profession has a long history. It goes back thousands of years to when the first humans put rocks and tree branches together and created shelter to protect and comfort themselves from nature’s cold, hot, snow, rain, earthquakes, etc.

Moving forward in time, ancient Egyptian architects created the Pyramids, Chinese architects created the Great Wall, Greek architects created the Acropolis and Parthenon, Roman architects created cities, aqueducts, coliseum, etc. and in the modern age, architects have created skyscrapers, sports stadiums, department stores, as well as homes.

Architecture is, first of all, an art. Artistic beauty, correct layout of the interior, heat and air conditioning, construction cost all need to be considered in designing buildings. In other words, It has to look “COOL” inside and out, not leak from the roof, not be too hot or cold, and not cost too much to build.

An architect has the knowledge and training to figure out how to blend all these things together.

Architects design buildings with all these things in mind. In many ways it is like solving a giant 3-dimensional puzzle. OR like playing a video game where the goal is to place and move objects and materials together to create a complicated machine that works for shelter and looks “COOLER” than anyone else’s.

Watercolor of Hagia Sophia by Unknown

Architects use drawings, art, history, social studies, math, science, astronomy, sports, and computers to design and plan buildings.

Architects use art and drawings to plan out spaces and shapes that will look and feel “pleasing” to people. We use computers to help imagine what the building designs would look like and compare different shapes, colors, materials and ideas. We call this simply the “design process”.

Architects use mathematical calculations to determine safe beam and column sizes to build safe stable buildings. We use science and chemistry to design materials such as concrete, stone, wood. We use the science of water and pipes for plumbing. We use the science of electricity for wiring and lighting. We use astronomy to calculate the sun angles for window locations and daylighting inside buildings. We use the history of buildings that were built before, to design new buildings, like a bank with big columns in front. We also create completely new shapes and spaces to solve a new need for space that maybe did not exist before, like a golf driving range with 3 levels so more golfers can hit balls at the same time. We use writing, cameras, computers, video and other media to plan and explain ideas.

If you like this post please share it with friends and family, especially those with children aspiring to become Architects.

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I Love My Architect – Facebook

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mobile: 201.681.3551
direct: 973.970.3551
fax: 973.718.4641
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Top 10 Movies to Watch During Hurricane Irene – With Your Family

We all lead busy lives.  As Hurricane Irene and TD TEN get closer what better time to catch up watching some classic films?  While you are out buying water and batteries be sure to buy some popcorn as well.  Here is a list I compiled for you if you get stuck.  Many are available on Netflix or Hulu.

Best Films to watch during a storm with the Family
by @FrankCunhaIII

Cars Poster

Cars (2006) 

117 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  9 June 2006 (USA)

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.


John Lasseter, Joe Ranft


John Lasseter (story), Joe Ranft (story), and 14 more credits »


Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt and Paul Newman

Shrek Poster

Shrek (2001) 

90 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  18 May 2001 (USA)

An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, wishing himself King.


Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson


William Steig (book), Ted Elliott (screenplay), and 6 more credits »


Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz

Toy Story Poster

Toy Story (1995) 

80 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  22 November 1995 (USA)

A cowboy toy is profoundly threatened and jealous when a fancy spaceman toy supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.


John Lasseter


John Lasseter (story), Pete Docter (story), and 6 more credits »


Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Don Rickles

The Muppets Take Manhattan Poster

The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) 

94 min  –  Comedy | Family | Musical   –  13 July 1984 (USA)

Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it’s a more difficult task than they anticipated.


Frank Oz


Tom Patchett (story), Jay Tarses (story), and 3 more credits »


Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Dave Goelz

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Poster

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars (original title) 

121 min  –  Action | Adventure | Family   –  25 May 1977 (USA)

Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.


George Lucas


George Lucas


Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

Raiders of the Lost Ark Poster

Raiders of the Lost Ark(1981) 

115 min  –  Action | Adventure   –  12 June 1981 (USA)

Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.


Steven Spielberg


Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay), George Lucas(story), and 1 more credit »


Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman

The Mummy Poster

The Mummy (1999) 

125 min  –  Action | Adventure | Fantasy  –  7 May 1999 (USA)

An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.


Stephen Sommers


Stephen Sommers (screen story), Lloyd Fonvielle(screen story), and 5 more credits »


Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah

Superman Poster

Superman (1978) 

143 min  –  Action | Adventure | Family   –  15 December 1978 (USA)

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest super-hero.


Richard Donner


Jerry Siegel (creator: Superman), Joe Shuster (creator: Superman), and 6 more credits »


Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman

Oh, God! Poster

Oh, God! (1977) 

Users: (4,119 votes) 42 reviews | Critics: 13 reviews

When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.


Carl Reiner


Avery Corman (novel), Larry Gelbart


John Denver, George Burns and Teri Garr

Ghost Busters Poster

Ghost Busters (1984) 

105 min  –  Comedy | Fantasy   –  8 June 1984 (USA)

Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.


Ivan Reitman


Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and 1 more credit »


Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver

A few more:

Willy Wonka
Alice in Wonderland
Wizard of Oz
Home Alone
Men in Black

Meet the Cunha Boys

Earlier this year I interviewed my kids while testing my new microphone.  The interview features a special song by Frankie Jr. (FC4).

It made for a wonderful Father’s Day gift.