The joy of professionalism
Perth, 13th August 2014
I think we have all been there, working with professionals. It is such a breath of fresh air when you can meet and interact with true professionals. I had such project meeting today in Perth where each and every minute of the meeting felt useful, not a moment I felt I was wasting my time. Too often unfortunately we are in meetings with juniors or unprepared representatives with little cloud or knowledge which waste your valuable time. You are not in control of these situations other than making sure your input or your teams presence represent the best possible you can offer. It is very much a matter of respect to your client and your fellow team members. Having said that also the client sometimes can be bothered to have their top notch representative in attendance leaving us with a non-executive who can only act as mailman without any power or limited authority.
Today’s meeting was the way it should be, every team member well prepared, knowledgeable in their area of expertise and every input or comment constructive and to the point. Decisions are easy to make because of clarity about our direction and our limitations. The most interesting of all is that as a result of the professionalism, the project runs well within schedule, documentation and issues all done, settled or clear and most of all everything seems to be progressing within the allocated budgets (which we put together as a team). There are no discussions about quality or performance because all that was presented, discussed and agreed during concept stages. Client has taken the professional recommendations on board and time and money issues were logged in accordingly. As a result everyone is clear and can focus on the deliverables without this nagging issues in the back ground…and you know what, not surprisingly the client is an excellent and timely paymaster!
Oh how I wish all my projects and clients were like that!
Light watch 5-133: Like in our meetings light and architecture go hand in hand. One of the design websites recently carried a series of photographs by an Iranian student (Mohammad Domiri) immortalising the intricate and complex details of Iranian culture and architecture. He did so by photographing the domes, ceilings and walls of Iranian mosques. The mosques pictured are Shah Eman Mosque, Palace of 8 Heavens and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan, Jameh Mosque in Yazd and Nasir al Mulk Mosque in Shiraz.