Hello and welcome to the ever changing world of the Dogpound. My company recently made some organization changes; we have three plants…two in my town and another one located about 90 miles North. The two local plants are under one General Manager and the one up North has its own General Manager, that is until the recent change where the GM from the Northern plant was assigned to also run one of the plants in my town. I had some second thoughts about this because this GM is a bit rough around the edges and I was concerned just what he would do with this new responsibility. Well, true to nature, he starts spending more time at his new plant ... making changes … setting goals … putting up information boards etc., which is not unusual. However, to give you an example of his problem solving skills..over lunch he related he had been faced with two problems; one, there was the complaint that the supervisors were not on the floor enough, and secondly that the only rest-room [small one at that] was located on the far end of the building which required a long walk for the operators, and an even longer wait to use the facilities. So in his “commando” decision making approach … he figured out that he could kill two birds with one stone. He walked into the supervisors offices which are located in the middle of the shop floor; told them matter-of-factly that they had one week to move their desks and belongings out of the office. The supervisors asked him why? He, without missing a beat, said, “This is the new home for the rest-room we are building Tuesday.” As he would say … factually …, “Problem solved!” This could get interesting. LOL
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.” Benjamin Franklin
The following is perfectly logical to all males. A wife asks her husband, “Could you please go shopping for me and buy one gallon of milk, and if they have eggs, get 6.” A short time later the husband returns home with 6 cartons of milk. The wife asked him, “Why did you buy 6 gallons of milk?” He replied, “They had eggs.” [Makes perfect sense to me!]
For the second time in a row, I was forced to impose on the woman with whom I car-pooled to our children’s soccer practices. I phoned and explained that my husband had the car again, so I wouldn’t be able to take my turn. A few minutes before she was due to pick up my son, my husband showed up. Since it was too late for me to call and say I could drive after all, I asked my husband to hide the car in the garage and to stay inside. I also explained to my son that he shouldn’t mention anything about his father’s whereabouts. Unfortunately, my husband forgot and was in front of our house chatting with a friend when my carpool partner arrived. When my son returned from practice, I asked him if she had noticed. “Yes,” he replied, “she asked me which of the two men in front of the house my father was. But don’t worry. I told her I didn’t know.”
That is a wrap. Speaking of change, I need to set the clocks back. As always be good, play safe, and remember change is hard.
JR and Max