Wednesday, November 19, 2008


...should be set
by the person who has
    the most control over things,
        the most authority to enforce it, and
            the most to lose if it is missed.

The above was something I read when starting out as a designer nearly thirty years ago.

I am always amazed at the number of people, in the course of my career, who lord their authority over others, in making demands to get a job done, yet cannot keep their own house in order. I cannot tell you how many times a mid-level manager at my agency, has complained to me of a report that is delayed in going to press, when he cannot get his own staff to provide a correct manuscript. I've been in the position of watching a program analyst (what they call a mid-level Government bureaucrat for want of a better term) on the phone calling for substantive alterations to a job, even as it is being prepared to go to the printer. And these are the same idiots to whom that same manager gives promotions.

One day recently, I was going through some old material to throw away, and I found it in a printing company newsletter. In all these years, I have tried to find this maxim on the internet, and no search engine will find it.

Until now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh boy, how true ... I'm a [ianist, and have worked with an amateur musical theatre group that's straight out of "Waiting for Guffman". The "Musical Director" is quite open about her lack of musicality -- "I have issues with counting" -- and knows absolutely sweet Fanny Adams about the piano (likewise the stage director, but he has more innate musical ability), but still gets to "lord it over" people like me and other instrumentalists who've worked with the group. Last year, we were fortunate to obtain the services of a group of musicians who'd played backup for people such as Neil Sedaka and bobby Rydell back in the day. They couldn't believe this person was music director -- couldn't follow her "conducting", no downbeat, etc. However, they did follow me, and by the grace of God everything turned out OK. It was immensely frustrating, because no recognition whatever came out of it. I did another smaller show with her, as the sole accompanist. On closing night, she got the bouquet and congratulations from the club president, and I got Sweet F.A. Needless to say, I won't be working with them any time soon. Thanks for letting me vent, anonymously.