Is there really only one right way of doing things?
I used to think so. Now, maybe not so much.
Were you raised to learn “there’s a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things” like I was?
What happens when there are multiple ways to do things correctly?
In the big picture, I posit that is better! Options imply different ways to “skin a cat,” (pardon me, any cat lovers reading this) so why not take advantage of that?
At our printing company, ideally, we prefer if clients signed off on “hard copy proofs,” actual print outs of what their piece will look like. That way there are no surprises when the job is complete. The client has seen the paper, the colors, the folds, all they need to in order to approve their job.
Maybe the client can’t come in to see the proof? Perhaps they don’t have time? Is it possible they don’t care?
There are multiple ways to get a proof approved and a job in progress, even if it’s not the “right” way by a narrow definition.
How about meetings? Some people like Zoom, some hate it (me!). There are options for discussions between interested parties: in person, phone call, email, Zoom, even mail! Again, not just one right way to do things.
Keep in mind not everyone shares your particular strengths, interests and priorities, and recognize that, as long as our goals are accomplished, then we are all moving in the right direction.