I find these times to be especially trying. I would have to maneuver a virtual minefield of corporate politics just to help the organization succeed through good design. But, yes, I also have a personal agenda. I want to do good work that honors my God, and is befitting of my talent. If that enhances my employer's bottom line, then I've done my job well. That's how I see it at least.
So, he's what I've found to be a good approach in these circumstances:
- Do what they want. I sometimes have to communicate to each party to find what the issues really are, and try to incorporate them into any design proposal.
- Do what I know is best. I can take those interests and prepare a strategy that may satisfy everyone involved, and also meet the organizational goals.
- Do take criticism. Everyone has an opinion. I try to listen. There are sometimes jewels of wisdom contained in them.
- Do offer a perspective. As a professional, I do have a duty to offer creative solutions to problems. Sometimes I must offer a solution above and beyond what my clients say that they want. This may include going through the trouble of creating a written plan and mock-up in addition to what was originally requested.
- Do give up petty battles. Besides, I rarely win them, and there are more important issues to worry about like the corporate brand, fulfilling the organizational mission, and creating design that supports them both.