a reply to: lakenheath24
Not the military but sort of a similar thing.
I worked in the packaging industry for a lot of years - ironically I've just gone back into it.
Started off in the crappest job in the factory, became a machine operator then Charge Hand.
As a sideline I became involved in Continuous Improvement and after around 14 years or so practical experience I was asked to run an improvement
project for a major customer with whom we were having serious quality issues.
After the project was completed with significant and measurable improvements to both quality and delivery issues I was offered the position of
Business Improvement Manager with more or less carte blanche with regards to which areas of the business I was able to analyse and run improvement
projects - obviously in accordance with business goals and objectives.
Having achieved Six Sigma Green Belt accreditation I started training for my Black Belt.
The company I worked for was a large multinational packaging company and they provided their own training with people from different sites throughout
There was eight of us on this course, I was the only one without a University education - I left school without a single qualification - and I always
got the impression that I was looked down upon for that, but that was very much water off a ducks back to me.
Several of the other people were on the company graduate fast track scheme.
One night whilst having a drink talk got round to work - rather inevitable on these sort of things - and this one guy was saying how he was going to
run one of his projects and how well he would do, blah blah blah.
I asked him how he was going to get these operators and tradesmen to do what he wanted, he said he would 'just tell them'.
I then asked how he would get some hairy arsed printer who's been out on the piss all weekend and argued with his lass at 6 o'clock on a Monday
morning to stop what he's be doing for 25 years and do it the way HE wanted?
He said he would 'just force him'.....I laughed and tried to change the conversation to something non-work related.
About six months after our training was finished I heard all his projects had failed miserably.
He's now flying high in a National role....despite his failings.
But he has all the formal qualifications and uses all the correct and in vogue buzz words and licks the right arses etc.
Its nothing unique.
I've seen lots of fast tracked graduates and other university types 'progress' up the ladder whilst good, hard working and knowledgeable people who
have come from the shop floor have been held back.
They don't just have the technical skills and experience they also have the life and personal skills that many university graduates will never
have....but it seems they count for very little.
edit on 30/9/21 by Freeborn because: typo's