Dubai Consumer Mirror

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Working with the right people

It is really frustrating when your success/performance is heavily dependant on others' ingenuity, intelligence or competence.

This is why when working with a contractor, for whatever project, its makes a load of difference to work with ones that have a decent reputation.

For example today, we are running a big event for our partners. I am not involved in the organization of the it, but was asked if I could help arranging a photographer for the entire event.

I told my agency who sorted it out to have 2 photographers covering the event from 8:00am till 11:00pm in 2 shifts.

First photographer arrived, all is fine. Second photographer arrives at around noon time. Photographer 1 goes like "but i was told to stay till 11:00pm".

So, the events team (who are already maxed out) call me asking why do we have 2 photographers, we don't have the budget ... bla bla

I call the agency who called the photography studio who called the photographer who called the studio back who called the agency back who called me back so that I call the events team back to tell them this:

"The receptionist at the photography studio forgot to tell the photographer that he only has to stay half day."

Putting aside the unwanted distraction to much more important things at the event, how much billable time did that waste for at least 9 people across 3 organizations?

A quick $ per man-hour count lead to a atleast $500 worth of wasted time - just because someone simpley forgot.

This is why, when you are looking for an agency, a contractor or any form of 3rd party organisation, make sure you end up with one that saves your time.

Because time, my friend, is your most valuable asset.


  • Maybe she was busy reading some blog to have remembered...

    By Blogger Harsha, at April 12, 2006 at 3:06 PM  

  • And just wait until the bill arrives from the first photographer for his time until 11pm.

    Because that's what he was told, and he turned down many other jobs at the same time so that he could be there until the end!

    By Blogger nzm, at April 12, 2006 at 3:49 PM  

  • All sounds like a perfectly normal working day to me!

    By Blogger Seabee, at April 12, 2006 at 5:43 PM  

  • time is indeed precious...and even thoguh i am student i dont have enough of it...totally agree with u on that.

    yeah the sheer carelessness of a person can result in a lot of time wastage...i ahve recently experienced enough of that in school.

    seabee - haha

    By Blogger anish, at April 13, 2006 at 8:22 PM  

  • that sux...ppl do it all the time...even though i am a female still i know that women are too dumb at times to be a secretary or an assistant...maybe that girl was having a tough day or watever...but still a mistake is a mistake...i hope u dont get into too much of trouble for that...

    By Blogger shruti, at April 14, 2006 at 11:50 PM  

  • shruti - no trouble :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at April 15, 2006 at 6:34 PM  

  • sounds all too familiar.

    By Blogger Arabized, at April 20, 2006 at 6:23 PM  

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