Van Gogh's Ear

In any project development meeting, there's always that one guy who wants to point out niggling little flaws and insist that you fix them.

If you're aware of this ahead of time, you should create one obvious problem that is easy to fix. Then when your co-worker points it out, you commit to fixing it just as he likes. Thus your co-worker’s ego is satisfied and you’re free to move forward.

If you don’t do this or don’t know your co-workers that well, then you may be forced to take drastic measures, as Vincent Van Gogh did in this Berkeley Mews cartoon.

-via Pleated Jeans

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I hired a guy to tape and mud the sheetrock in my basement. He left one of the screw heads exposed. When I pointed it out to him, he let me know that he does that on each job. "It gives people something to focus on, and they don't feel the need to nitpick the balance of the work".
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