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Why is it difficult for enterprise architects (EAs) to gain the respect of the organization?

Respect is one of the biggest challenges I've observed over the years — that is where it starts to fall apart. As soon as enterprise architects (EAs) lose the respect of the organization, people will do everything in their power to circumvent the EA. And that’s what's so difficult about the role: if you lose that respect, it's virtually impossible to regain it. The only way you can regain it is to rename the role, as if you’re putting it into the witness protection program, and relaunch it as something else. Then we thank people for their feedback and incorporate it. Maintaining that credibility is one of the most challenging aspects of enterprise architecture. If you can solve for how to have the respect of the organization, then you know that you are driving value because respect is earned.

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Respect is one of the biggest challenges I've observed over the years — that is where it starts to fall apart. As soon as enterprise architects (EAs) lose the respect of the organization, people will do everything in their power to circumvent the EA. And that’s what's so difficult about the role: if you lose that respect, it's virtually impossible to regain it. The only way you can regain it is to rename the role, as if you’re putting it into the witness protection program, and relaunch it as something else. Then we thank people for their feedback and incorporate it. Maintaining that credibility is one of the most challenging aspects of enterprise architecture. If you can solve for how to have the respect of the organization, then you know that you are driving value because respect is earned.
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There are a lot of folks that work in enterprise architecture who believe they are entitled to respect and it's a power play. The issue that we have to get over is that there's a value proposition that has to be identified and articulated, and the EA has to understand that. But the problem is that you have this power struggle happening and it's like they're drunk on power to some degree. 
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