Time to get on the Soap Box for the 10 minute tirade.
I work in Engineering and Manufacturing – have done for years – we design, make, install, fix, improve and do a (flipping) – work it out for yourself – good job, even if I do say so myself.
Every “now and again” it comes around and it’s the now – now. Some bright spark in Head Office decides that we need to spend mega bucks on a flash motivational speaker/presentation type rev up.
What a waste of time, energy and hard earned cash. Smart suits, power dressing, slick presentations and all of the right buzz words, tricks and anecdotes. I don’t have time for this sort of garbage – I’ve got work to do.
These guys have never done a real days work in their lives, wouldn’t know the meaning of the word stress and they want to teach ME about motivation.
Let me tell you this –
When the main line is down – production has stopped, it’s a critical rush order, I’m the guy who has to come up with answers, I can’t have the machine to do the job ‘right’, It’s got to be a patch up job to get it through to the next scheduled outage (whenever that might be), the Production Manager’s pacing up and down and continually asking “when will it be back on line, we’ve got orders to fill”, between hard stares at his watch , the Engineering Director is watching every move plus giving me stupid suggestions, the tradesmen don’t really want to be there because it’s past their finishing time and the operators are saying – “we kept telling management there’s a problem with this line and it needs fixing” –
Now That’s Motivation !!!
I Look at things this way –
I get my daily fix of Engineering and Manufacturing news from a site called http://www.engcom.net and they have a world wide grab of what’s happening out there, across the globe in the Engineering and Manufacturing world
Probably 50 % or more of what’s being designed and manufactured worldwide is coming out of the new economies, China, India, Japan, South East Asia etc.
We’re struggling to get work into our factories and an article I saw a few days ago was telling how the Chinese needed to reduce their manufacturing output. How about that ! They’re killing us. Cars, planes, ships, rockets and everything high-tech. There was even an article about American kids going over to India for training. If you don’t believe me, go and have a look for yourself.
Do these guys over there get bombarded with Motivational Speakers and Paraphernalia – I doubt it very much – So what motivates them to make it happen – Work it out for Yourself
If you think that you need any of this Motivational stuff, go down to the bargain basement section of your local bookstore or the local car boot sale – there’ll be hundreds of books claiming to have the answers to making a million dollars through Motivation – Work it out for Yourself
I’m off the soapbox now – Let’s go and do some real work.