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Re: Objectivity and Commercialism

by Anonymous Monk
on Oct 06, 2002 at 21:01 UTC ( #203207=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Objectivity and Commercialism

The moral is that people act in accord with their perceived self-interest. You believe that being objective is the right approach. Enough people disagree that assuming objectivity from most people with a vested self-interest is stupid.

Now who is right? Is it better to be objective? Or to take advantage when you can? The answer to that depends on whether you expect to have repeat business. An extreme example are people who provide wedding arrangements. They don't expect you to be a return customer, and so have every reason to take advantage of you in any way that they can...

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Re: Re: Objectivity and Commercialism
by talexb (Canon) on Oct 06, 2002 at 23:23 UTC

    If that's what you took away from my node, that I did not explain myself .. or :) you are being thick.

    The moral of my node is "Do the right thing, even if it means you don't get the business". That's worth more to me than getting the business, using the wrong tool, then losing face when the next consultant looks at the mess I left behind and says, "Man, this is a Ball Big Ball of Mud, and why'd they do it that way?"

    My objective when working for a client is to give them the best job I can manage -- or, if I can't do a decent job for them (because it's outside my skill set), pass on the job. I have had an extremely lean year, partly because of that, but I feel content that I can defend my technology choices with my existing clients.

    --t. alex
    but my friends call me T.

    Update: Correct double word (Ball Ball).

      That is what I brought to the table, not what I took from it. I offer it to help you understand why others react as they do.

      That said, I empathize with your desire. I feel that way myself. But neither of us will change the world, and it is important to understand what the world is like.

      So I hope you take two lessons from this. The first is that there are good reasons why people will distrust your objectivity when you have a vested interest. The second is that you will be more competitive and happier in situations where you have long-lasting relationships with repeat business.

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