Monthly Archives: April 2012

Extraordinary Bosses

From Inc. magazine an article about bosses.  As you can imagine I have not seen many of these types of bosses.  Consulting engineering is a hard business and engineers are notoriously bad managers.  The good ones are few and far between.  The best managers are those that meet these 8 character traits.

Team Building

Everyone in business talks about team building.  Well maybe not everyone but at one time that was the big buzzword.  Having actually been in business, I haven’t see much of this.  My experience is in consulting and the only time there is any type of team building is when there is a lot of work and money is flush.  Ahh, but you can always have more money and more work.  So you keep pushing, keep selling.  Then there are the lean times.  The good firms keep their people as long as they can through these times.  The bad ones cut staff at the first sign of trouble.  Team building.  What is that the young engineers ask.

Here are some Japanese sayings relating to team building.


Act, I Mean Dress Your Age

This article is so appropriate.  It goes along with the piece I linked from Peggy Noonan.  When I read this I recalled that that morning I had a similar conversation with my daughter.  My daughter asked me why I get dressed up for work eventhough they don’t expect me to where dress pants and a dress shirt at work.  I said almost exactly what this article did.

My mother calls me an old fuddy duddy.  Oh well.

Grade Redistributionists For Fairness

I found this article about a group of students at Carthage College that are signing a petition to have the grades of the highest 10% redistributed to the those with lower grades to help them graduate.  It is a pretty funny analogy to the redistribution of income from the wealthy to the poor. 

Can you imagine putting all that hard work to get really good grades and then someone saying, we are going to average it all out and give everyone a B.  Imagine how mad you would be.  Now imagine you own a business and have been working your tail off to make your successful.  Then someone comes along and says you are too successful so we are going to take some of your money and give it to your neighbor, because he hasn’t been as successful as you.  That is what our President is trying to do.  That is only fair you say.  Well the successful businessman will soon learn to not be so successful and we all will suffer because of it.

US Economy Biased against Men?

You say, “No Way!”  But look at this analysis from the Atlantic.  As with any formerly disadvantaged group the US as a society is going overboard to make up for past wrongs.  In the process their are many unintended consequences to the “group” that formerly discriminated but the members of that group had nothing to do with the discrimination.

It’s the Oil Speculator’s Fault

Great post/article from a site I was referred to by Instapundit.  I love the sarcasm.

Or put it this way: Natural gas prices are trading so cheaply that it’s no longer profitable to drill for most companies. According to Businessweek, there are only 624 operating drills in the United States, the fewest since April 2002. So I guess natural gas speculators forgot to manipulate the world market this month. Or do oil manipulators only work part time? Confusing.

Who are we going to blame next week for high oil prices?