Friday, January 17, 2014

Good Behavior

Life as a designer is complicated as we have to deal with many divas and their temper tantrums. Last week I introduced you to my latest design project, a complex of restaurants at a beach resort in Costa Rica.

Despite the fact that I really enjoyed the design process, it also got me thinking a lot about work ethics and the commitments we assume when we provide other people with a service. On my side, my team was great as I always counted with the support of those assigned to help me installing and completing the project. In return, I made sure they got a nice holiday gift from me.

Unfortunately, not everyone took their job that seriously and repeatedly fell short of delivering what they had agreed on to doing. The worse part was being lied to my face putting at risk my prfessional credibility and prestige.

I believe in living up to other people's expectations or excel them. When  you have one chance of making or breaking it you cannot shoot yourself in the foot and eliminate the opportunities given to you. All too often I have come across these kinds of inconsiderate people that do not take their and my job seriously, causing all of those associated with the project much harm.

Dealing with unethical narcissists drives our stress level to the roof and lowers our productivity as we have to constantly be micro-managing them. My advice is to avoid them at all cost and apply the "Hurt me once shame on you" quote and let them hurt you twice. 

If for some reason you have to deal with the again, remember that the paper trail is your best weapon against them, penalize them for not performing as they firmly agreed with you, and  make sure your superiors/clients/partners are informed at all times of every situation. Protect yourself from other people's bad behavior!

Have a great weekend!!!