to further noftus's point ...if we can all get the overall commitment that is what is making the group your working with a winning team, then it makes it possible for the respect and trust to be there. If your interested in having this sort of environment then here's something that will help - (especially when you're having a group meeting ie. a brainstorm to come up with a possible solution to the task at hand, when your colleagues are sharing their ideas, listen for this commitment ...and be someone who contributes by empowering this. If you all do that, I promise that will create an even stronger team.
People are suspicious.
Clients are even more suspicious.
Well paying clients are extremely suspicious.
You can't blame them, they:
A. They pay you good money (design is secondary, they rather spend it on something they understand)
B. You will solve their problem (how can this odd looking creative solve my complicated problem?)
We (as in designers) are always 2 : 0 behind before the match starts.
Part of the 'problem' is the profession it self, people understand advertising, people understand industrial design but tell them you are a graphic designer... ah oh really so you draw stuff...
Gaining trust for something so abstract is very hard. To become trustworthy we need to enhance our visibility and somehow become more credible. How: better platforms, discussions, more involvement professional body (AGDA's), better education and so on...
Trust Me! :-) Nice piece CD!