Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows...

Friday, March 30, 2007

How things go wrong when SubContractors start thinking autonomously... or dont (1)

The company I work for have recently headed out on the crusade of attempting to outsource certain tasks. This is not done out of the motivation of saving money, but because its generally so hard to find qualified developers now-a-days.

We have employed a small company residing on a small island-state off the coast of south-eastern Africa. They are skilled and work hard for the relatively low wages they get from this work, but...

Their lack of ability to think independently is not overrated, they are inherently incapable of doing so. Thus have they been instructed to try and they actually do try by giving it their best shot - and this is definitely worthy of our out most respect. There is however one thing they have yet to acquire, and it is the capability of taking the responsibility that follows independent thinking. They still have not understood that taking responsibility and potentially exposing eventual individual shortcomings will actually be regarded as a strength and as such can serve as a basis for improvements and therefore the basis for a stronger relation in the future.

I will elaborate on this issue in the next episode... and what we potentially can do about it.

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