Anonymous User wrote:
Fresh Prince wrote:That's where communication comes in. If due dates are colluding and you can't do all your work well and on time, tell the fucking partner well before hand. Don't expect them to read your mind or figure it out on their own. Partners have time for only three things: Bringin in business, doing work, and judging you negatively when you fuck shit up. Manage expectations. As a matter of principle, never overpromise and underdeliver.
Dude. Agreed. My issue is that the partner gave me a deadline, and then jumped it up four days randomly while I was in a meeting at 8 am. He then pushed me to finish throughout the day, and I wasn't going to say "sorry partner, I know I am the only associate assigned to this matter, I have prescheduled meetings and can't help you." I literally had wall-to-wall meetings.
I still have a couple of items left on this project. How should I approach them to show the partner I am not incompetent?
You needed to tell the partner your schedule at 8 am when they called you. Don't assume staffing. Don't assume it is up to you to finish and there is no one else. You have no idea how easily people can get pulled in to help out. Your job is to communicate with the people involved what exactly you need to do. Partners call each other to get people cleared to work on urgent matters.
You should have told the partner in charge of the meetings you were attending, and then gotten permission to leave and finish your more urgent work. Working on another matter while you are in a client related meeting is a terrible idea.
You can never knowingly hand in work with errors. You aren't saving any time if you hand in bad work because it just has to be redone. It is even worse to hand it urgent work with errors in it.
I would work this weekend to get the stuff s/he needs done early, in case s/he needs it ahead of time. Walk in with the finished assignments. Make sure they are perfect. Don't make excuses for your previous work.
Maybe you don't want to work on the weekend, but that is what I would do.