Monday, September 27, 2010

The Rules are the Rules... Eh?

I have been looking over the years for a way to explain why we should often times listen to employees, medical patients, children and so on, when they say "ya but!". Lynnda sourced this one, and I think it demonstrates the reason very well...

The Good news: It was a normal day in Sharon Springs, KS when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the trek to Salina.

The Bad news: Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail.

The Good news: A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train and immediately stopped the train in compliance with "The Rules".

The Bad news: The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses.

The crew tried to explain this to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train. They were instructed that “The Rules” prohibit moving the train when a part is defective!


RULES ARE RULES! Don't ever let them get in the way of common sense!

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Grad. Saint Mary's University, 1975, got into the medical device business initially in sales, then various management positions up to president, all in Medical Devices. I prefer therapy products over diagnostic, but they are all fun, and in a way have defined my life. I have now evolved, with help from my 35 year partner Lynnda with whom I now share every hour. I am into staying healthy, photography, kayaking, bicycling, gardening and two books a week. I wish I had gotten to this stage earlier!