Posted by JohnG on April 14, 2000 at 17:17:24:
The last line says it all - some of these guys can’t show up to their own job. Thats priceless !!!
I have had a busy week dealing with contractors on a couple of different projects. Its Friday afternoon and I feel like a practising psychiatrist who has just spent the day with 2 or 3 of my most serious patients. Seriously, trying to deal with these people is like doing open heart surgery on yourself. It can take the good out of you real fast.
I used to get mad. I would scream and throw things and just lose it with these people. They would look at me like I was nuts and it got me nowhere - except I ruined a perfectly good Friday afternoon on people who couldn’t see the big picture. So, now I am quiet, polite and I make a note that as soon as this job is finished I will not hire this person again. You know the only problem with that - the devil you know is sometimes better than the devil you don’t. It seems to be an occupational hazard that contractors are a different breed of cat.
Eagles fly and turkeys are for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The minute you try to make a turkey fly like an eagle then you are in big trouble.
So, I agree. Don’t try and partner up with anyone who is not on the same page as you are. Its a lot easier to fire someone from a jobsite than from a partnership position - especially halfway through the job.