Friday, 29 June 2018

_ Effort of decisions _ 

Designing a building requires precisely 1.56 billion decisions and I will be the first to admit that I can’t make them all – I don’t need to make them all. I would prefer to collaborate with talented individuals who like to plug themselves into the process and use their unique and specific skill set so that together we can do something amazing. My ego is not so large or fragile that I am unwilling to recognize that there are talented people out there with something to offer and I make it a point to try and listen to those people as much as possible. 

Which brings me back my topic of the day –

In the course of my job, I find myself in many conversations (especially in office) where I am trying to explain how something needs to get done. In most cases this is an easy process.Sometimes, the person I am talking to wants me to tell them every single thing that they need to do.

If I have to tell you everything …

Occasionally I will work with someone who thinks it is their job to simply show up and do what they’re told. For the record, I really don’t care for that sort of behavior … it smacks of apathy. That lack of interest, enthusiasm, and concern, especially when working in a creative field, is one of the things that makes me want to go home at the end of the day and lie facedown on the bed. While all of this might make me sound like a crank, I think it’s just the opposite. I have a huge threshold of tolerance for people who try their best but ultimately fall short of the mark. In those instances, I think it’s my responsibility to recognize the pattern and adjust my expectations accordingly. But this isn’t about someone’s ability, it’s about their desire, passion, and ownership in the creative process. What I particularly care about here is the effort . I want to surround myself and work with people who care enough to do their very best.

I don’t expect perfection but I do expect effort, anything less and you’re just wasting everyone’s time. 

This is one of the posts that probably shouldn’t be written – but that’s what I do. If I were half as smart as I pretend to be, I would have probably taken this moment and walked around or read news. Instead of doing those things, I went through the cathartic process of writing a post on the matter and we’ll see if I hit the publish button by the time I’m finished. 

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