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Old 10-06-2012, 04:48 PM   #11
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I remember sitting in a meeting with a bunch of "suits", everyone trying to decide how to make a $50 million project work within the budget.
As a junior design engineer I was just supposed to be taking notes and being polite. But I got frustrated at all of these bigshots unwilling to stick their necks out, finally speaking up and pointing out to them that if they just eliminated one frivilous part of the project, we could do it well within the budget.

Even my senior engineer was taken aback, as I suppose all he was thinking about was the loss of a few bucks in design work. But in the end, my proposal was adopted, and everyone was more than happy.

It always seems that everyone is protecting their own selfish interests, and it is hard to get anyone to compromise. They hide behind "corporate speak" to disguise their selfishness and unwillingness to act. How much better the world would be if everyone acted sensibly.

And that goes for the factory and the dealers who service our rigs. Don't hide behind excuses, just do the right thing!
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:51 PM   #12
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It's 8:15 am and I've already heard all of these:

"You need to think outside the box"
"We all need to be team players"
"We need to right-size this organization"
"That guy was not a good fit"

Why don't they say - "Man up and go out there and find ways to get rid of people!" or "Let's destroy some lives people!".

Instead it's "we need to leverage our synergies and minimize our cost structure"

I'm not loving these people today. Corporate speak makes me want to throw things and hit people in the face.

Just another reason I love retirement!
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:53 PM   #13
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I may have to make up a similar card to take to my next meeting. They'll think I lost it when I yell out "bingo!".

Love when he says "our customers don't know what we are talking about". Neither do we! LOL.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:16 PM   #14
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I heard enough of that crap from management in my last job. Then I told them to go to hell and get their heads out of their a$$es. Don't miss that job at all.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:03 PM   #15
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Was told early in my career that "The only things that come out of meetings are 'people' ". Found it to be so true over the years.
Like that one
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:34 AM   #16
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Best way that I've seen to rid a meeting of long-winded speakers who just want to show-off the new buzz-words that they learned is to take the chairs out of the meeting room. People speak only to the direct point if they have to stand to do it. Meetings are MUCH shorter (and more productive!).
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:41 AM   #17
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Best way that I've seen to rid a meeting of long-winded speakers who just want to show-off the new buzz-words that they learned is to take the chairs out of the meeting room. People speak only to the direct point if they have to stand to do it. Meetings are MUCH shorter (and more productive!).
Either that or lock the door to the meeting room.

"The only thing that comes out of meetings is people."
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