Inspiration - Collaboration?
Importance of collaboration
I'd like to think that the guidelines of a particular performance are set by the performance itself, not so by the director or the set designer hammering down their ideas. - Meaning, discussion with the team is crucial to success. By conversation everybody is able to set the common ground and goals and agree on the basic principles.
Lighting designer is not a lone rider , but more like one of gadgets in the whole machinery, whose purpose is to manufacture the end product, the performance. Respect to the others is very important and even more, respect to the people within lighting designer's own working team. You get usually better and faster outcome, if you try to avoid too much bossing around.