[APG Public List] Repeating client's work

LBoswell laboswell at rogers.com
Thu Jul 22 07:21:22 MDT 2010

My answer would be simple.  I need to see where you may have gone wrong 
(since you've hit a point where you need to hire me) in your previous 
research.  To get from A to B I have to take a fresh look at a range of 
records that you may or may not have looked at.  I'm the professional, you 
hired me because your  research attempts failed in some way.  Part of what I 
have to do to get past that 'failure' is to look at what you did, and make 
sure you didn't misinterpret or overlook some key piece of information.  To 
accept everything as given would make me your partner in your failed 
attempt, and since I have the experience and training to bring to bear on 
the problem, I prefer to evaluate things for myself rather than accept your 
take on things.

I wouldn't actually use the word 'failure', I'd dress the explanation up in 
pleasant, amiable terms, but the above would be what I meant.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Israel P
  To: apgpubliclist at apgen.org
  Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2010 4:14 AM
  Subject: [APG Public List] Repeating client's work

  What do you folks do when - after asking client the three basic questions
  what do you know, what do you want to learn and what resources have you
  already checked - client then says "Why did you spend two hours on such
  and such?  I already looked at that."

  She didn't include that resource in answering the third basic question,
  so as far as I knew, this was a new investigation.  (Let's ignore that I
  might have found something that client herself missed.)

  Do you have to tell client in advance exactly what resources you are
  planning to investigate?  That can get awfully cumbersome - next thing
  she'll want to know exactly how many units of fifteen minutes will be
  spent on each resource!

  I mean you can hardly just say "Tough luck.  I asked what you had done
  yourself and you didn;'t mention this resource."

  Israel Pickholtz

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