Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Wagon Wheels

When I worked at Eastman Chemical Company, I used this drawing when I was teaching classes about quality improvement. What are the messages? What do you see?
I see a couple of guys in a rut, doing a job, with their heads down and working hard. They are probably not very happy with their job. They are doing things the way they've always done them. They are not looking for a way to improve what they are doing.

Perhaps their management does not encourage them to make changes to the way they do things. There is a solution right under their noses. Just look inside the wagon and they could make the job faster and easier and more enjoyable.

Maybe they don't have the to
ols to change the wheels. Maybe they think ahead that if they did change the wheels, then one man could pull the wagon. Then one of them would lose their job. So, they will just keep the status quo doing a hard boring job day after day. They say to themselves, "We'll just do what we're told, because we're just hired hands." What a dilemma!

Maybe we could apply this to our own lives today. I wonder, do I have a wagon with square
wheels? Do you?

Helping a Friend Today
In just a little while I am going to go toward Knoxville to the Munroe's Cabin. I told Allen I would take his boat to Bass Pro Shops to get it winterized. This will help him since he lives in Florida. My good friend Ralph Jones is going with me (I appreciate that). While they are working on the boat and motor, we will eat some breakfast and later look around in Bass Pro store. Who knows? We might even buy something, if we can find something we "need" and don't already have. Ha!


Quote of the Day
This nation will remain the land of the free
only so long as it is the home of the brave.
~Elmer Davis

Jokes of the Day
A woman and her little girl were visiting the grave of the little girl's grandmother. On their way through the cemetery back to the car, the little girl asked, "Mommy, do they ever bury two people in the same grave?"

"Of course not, dear," replied the mother, "Why would you think that?"

"The tombstone back there said...'Here lies a lawyer and an honest man.'"

What's the difference between a catfish and a lawyer?
One's a slimy scum-sucking bottom-dwelling scavenger, the other is just a fish.

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