Every once and a while, I get a client that I don't understand. They're
paying me to be the "architect," yet ignore almost everything proposed,
offered, suggested, hinted, etc.
I'm about ready to tell this client, politely, to go on down the street
to somebody else.
She's drawn her own floor plan... and it's not a good plan. I've
offered variations on the plan that meet her programmatic requirements
and substantially improve it. Yet, she's stuck on her plan with no
ability to get her to think about something different.
It's almost time for the "fish or cut bait" talk with her...
That's funny. Had a bad experience with a guy from Long Island as
well. We had to "graciously" bow out of his project. The fee vs.
aggravation ratio was going to be way out of whack. Would have been a
great project if
somebody else would have been paying the fees. I put that guy and one
other client from Hong Kong as the two worst clients I've ever had to
I'm anly speaking from the viewpoint of psychology - dunno squat about the
actual profession. But IMO, this sounds like the type of person who will
end up forcing something stupid to be done - and then blame everyone else
for "failing", for "letting her down".
I've know a LOT of people like this; they screw up everything from a family
outing at the shore, to multimillion-dollar biotechnology products, to
quality control that doesn';t get done right witht eh result being dead
They are a plague.
I know it's hard when you work for yourself, but given the personality
type, IMO you'll be better off in the long run if you suggest that your
philosophies are incompatible and you don't think you're the one to help
her realize her dream (maning, her warped nightmare).
I suspect that, if you did follw her instructions and the thing was a
horror, she'd end up suing you. Even if she loses, it's still, for you,
lost time, lost money, and unnecessary stress-related damage to your immune
system and goodness know what else.
Just my $0.02 worth.
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