It makes work so frustrating when people exhibit such heel-dragging rudeness. I have to interview this man for his own company's newsletter. I have now called him four times, starting last Thursday, left four voice mails, left my number, spoken slowly, with increasing pleading in my voice. My deadline is Friday.
I had to send 220 words to a company for them to approve on behalf of another client. Do you understand how few words this is? It's like three short paragraphs about the most innocuous topic. Emailed him on 10/7, heard from him on 10/10 asking when I needed it. I said ASAP. Realized today they never got back to me, and so now have emailed it again.
It is rare for me to not return a call. It is even rarer for me to drop the ball, especially with an approval. I always want that ball to be in the other person's court.
Then I HATE when the person finally calls and offers up the lame apology of "I've been busy" -- oh really, funny that, I've been sitting here doing nothing, sucking my damn thumb for the past two weeks. Sorry, but nobody is that busy. I've even resorted at times to saying I work out of my home so they can call during non-office hours if that's more convenient.
I think I'll contemplate a special punishment for these types.
UPDATE: Later that same day/an hour later: Just got an email from the approver guy saying he'll be back in his office tomorrow and will look into it. Really? Your physical body has to be in your physical office to do this? Let me check my calendar... is it 1987? No, we had voice mail back then... maybe it's 1972 when there were no cellphones, no voice mail, no email.