Thu, Dec 14, 2006, 12:33pm (EST-3) firstname.lastname@example.org (DonkeyHody)
<snip> Because I was fortunate enough to go to college, I was placed in
a position of authority over men near retirement age when I was not yet
thirty. I'm glad I was able to value their wisdom and experience,
because they could have sabotaged my whole career by simply keeping
their knowledge to themselves instead of sharing it with me. There's no
substitute for 20 years of experience. I believed it then and I believe
it even more now.<snip>
The plant I worked in made printed computer circuit boards. They
hired people directly out of college as supervisors. They didn't know
jack about what the people they "supervised" did, and made no effort to
learn, because they were S*U*P*E*R*V*I*S*U*R*S. Some guy from personnel
got himself in as a supervisor, because it paid more. His people would
ask him if a circuit board was OK and he'd look it over and say "Yes".
Actually it'd take specialized testing for up to about 24 hours before
you could tell if it was OK or not. But the other supervisors wenen't
any better. For awhile the rejection rate of boards was 100%. The
plant closed down, and was later sold. If the compny had promoted from
within, people that actually knew what was happening, it's possible the
plant would still be open.
Now this was a plant making computer circuit boards. We had an
"electrical engineer", with a four-yeard degree in electrical
engineering. complain a report was not correct. Turned out he'd entered
bad input, "knowing" it was bad, because he thought the computer would
correct it. Even after about 15 minutes of explaining to him that it
didn't work that way, GIGO, he still didn't believe it. Sadly, things
like that were pretty typical there.
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
- Eric Hoffer