Tuesday, August 31, 2010

that would just be mean:

I hope nobody ever calls me a Sinister McGinnis Turd. I would be sooo hurt.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A thought on the Human Action Model

Human action requires: Discomfort with the current state, A vision of a better state, and Belief that actions you take can take you (closer) to the better state.


Some of our mills manage with fear. AKA Command and Control, thinking about this during a class in which I SHOULD have been focusing on vane pass frequency of a Gould’s pump, I wrote down this thought:


When you drive action with a disproportionate emphasis on discomfort and the vision is thus blurry, the understanding of “why” is likely to be missing. This will also leave out an understanding of what drives real value.


If a person is too focused on keeping HIS job, he’s probably not focused on the customer.


The human action model works. Good action or bad action, it works.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Classic example of Tax Code

A colleague asked me last night if I had a copy of this, and so I just had to find it:

How Taxes Work . . .

This is a VERY simple way to understand the tax laws.

Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men — the poorest — would pay nothing; the fifth would pay $1, the sixth would pay $3, the seventh $7, the eighth $12, the ninth $18, and the tenth man — the richest — would pay $59.That's what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement — until one day, the owner threw them a curve (in tax language a tax cut).
"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20."
So now dinner for the ten only cost $80.00.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six — the paying customers? How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share?"
The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, Then the fifth man and the sixth man would end up being PAID to eat their meal. So the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
And so the fifth man paid nothing, the sixth pitched in $2, the seventh paid $5, the eighth paid $9, the ninth paid $12, leaving the tenth man with a bill of $52 instead of his earlier $59.

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free.But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man who pointed to the tenth. "But he got $7!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man, "I only saved a dollar, too . . . It's unfair that he got seven times more than me!".
"That's true!" shouted the seventh man, "why should he get $7 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!""
Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night he didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered, a little late what was very important.

They were FIFTY-TWO DOLLARS short of paying the bill! Imagine that!