November 28, 2011
I came across this great article talking about the differences between Mormons and Evangelicals. I highly recommend reading it. It can be found here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700201923/LDS-Christianity-Differences-that-matter.html.
Also – included in the article is a nice graphic showing some of the major differences. Link
ps I believe that both groups are Christians. Both believe in Jesus Christ and that He is our Savior and Redeemer. We might have differences, but we actually have a lot more in common (esp from a values standpoint) than we realize.
November 27, 2011
I have put together a list of some of my favorite Christmas stories in the format of the 25 Days of Christmas. You can find it here: LINK
November 8, 2011
Top Meeting Quotes 2001-2010
- No one is using it so there aren’t any complaints
- We will try anything easy that doesn’t work before we try anything hard that does work.
- We need two smart people working this… so far we have one
- In the worst case scenario, you end up in a Mad Max world where all you need is a pointy stick and a water filter.
- We’re paralyzed so the process is working.
- Risks have a tendency to get together and talk to each other.
- Directors are like icebergs, you know they’re moving you just can’t tell.
- When you look around the table and can’t find the sucker… the sucker is you.
- Dismay seemed optimistic.
- The numbers haven’t changed but everyone’s opinion of them has.
- We have to do what the boss says without negatively impacting the business.
- I don’t want to represent this alternate as particularly well thought out.
- Don’t do something stupid to meet the target, but not making the target would be stupid.
- How much time should we spend evaluating non-viable options?
- How could such a bad plan go so horribly wrong?
- Whenever the cowboy starts bucking before the horse, the outcome’s never good
- If work were fun we’d still be plowing fields with sticks
- OK, well I’m off to where the carpets are thick and the minds are thin.
- I may have inadvertently knocked the candle over but someone else spilled gasoline all over the floor
- He cannot come in here like a hippie on a bicycle and make up new requirements.
- Dave has his quirks – being impressed by upper management isn’t one of them
- When I say “we” I mean Kevin.
- We should rename this process “how to make a customer wait”.
- We follow the Serengeti principle- if it limps we kill it.
- The longer I’ve been away from that job the better I did at it.
- I heard some people not clapping.
- We are carrot people, not stick people
- Climb into the pinball machine with me
- Everyone else is bringing their finance director so you need to lawyer-up too.
- We are forecasting ahead of our intelligence.
- I invited you to this meeting for the same reason you take friends with you when you see a scary movie.
- I actually have less data than I showed you.
- Meddling with the accounting is not a mitigation plan.
- If you want to be positive, you could say “not all of our customers are being let down.”
- We call that work around a blatant violation of the process.
- Since I’m an old manufacturing guy, will you tell me when I’m supposed to be offended?
- Grass is always greener over the septic field.
- We want to find early adopters not early doubters.
- I didn’t think this imperative meant that we were actually going to do anything.”
- We are technically correct but we are going to have to have a very painful conversation with the boss for no apparent reason.
- We have skeletons in our closet but our closet is inside of a bigger closet.
- The more important the job is the more interruptions occur asking about the job.
- Let’s put on our pilot hats on and not worry about the details.
- You’re obviously attaching way too much importance to what I’m saying.
- We can use the time tested process of using 33 seconds to develop the data and 5 weeks to review and debate the numbers.
- I don’t have time to ignore that note from Q. I’ll delegate it to you to ignore.
- Our risk is mitigated because he doesn’t have any people to produce the information that we don’t have any people to review.
- You have the wrong audience if you want to know what workers do. We don’t do anything but sit in these meetings.
- The initial feedback is “everything’s crap”.
- We have people and engineers at our table.
Source: Peter Weertman, Boeing, Oct. 2011