Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Why Not Start With A Self Examination?

Some years ago, I was working at a manufacturing plant that, according to the administration, was is need of "downsizing". The company hired an efficiency expert to come in and systematically review all daily operations within the company and terminate any positions that were deemed not needed. As I watched this incredibly large man literally "waddle" through the plant, I couldn't help but question how such a un-aerodynamic person could single handedly streamline an entire organization of 200+ employees, when he himself was the exact opposite of his reason for being there. Needless to say, he slowly and methodically went with every employee for a short amount of time, evaluated what they did, wrote down notes, and never once said a word to anyone. In fact, none of the staff even knew why he was there ... "just another suit" most thought. After the two week inspection, with some jovial conversation and hand shake with the company president, Mr. Efficiency drove off in an mid-late 70's battle wagon that spewed blue smoke all the way down the driveway, and left a lake of funky fluid in the parking lot. Efficiency expert ...huh?


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