|Whitecap Gershon Koffie wonders what's gone wrong.|
Pride may be one of the seven deadly sins, but it is something I look for in every trade I hire. There are hundreds of trades-people available for hire at any given time. Of those, perhaps 20% of them could be referred to as skilled … or what I like to call craftsmen (sorry, crafts-people just doesn’t sound right to me).
Much like elite athletes, skilled craftsmen like this can be difficult to work with. They’re constantly holding themselves to a set of criteria that comes from years of doing things a certain way. They know what works and what doesn’t. These standards can result in them insisting work is done a certain way … and unfortunately that often impacts on the work of other trades who may or may not share the same set of standards.
At a recent project one of my trades had expressed a concern about some work performed by another trade … directly to the tradesperson in question. It wasn’t anything serious, but egos were bruised and I needed to be the coach for my “athletes” and remind them we were all on the same team working towards a common goal … the finished product and the happiness of the client.
|He looks proud, right?|