I’m not sure if Hans really needs to read up on the use of the word “no”. Maybe pertaining to subject of cream cake. But maybe the chapter in the technical literature he is consulting is more about how to use it properly and when not to use it.
Personally, I like reading parenting literature every now and then. Obviously you can’t raise a child by the book, but quite often there are very useful tips, leads and ideas on how to handle certain situations. Also, knowing what an average child is capable of processing at a certain stage of neurological development, really helps having the right expectations and handling problems accordingly.
Our older son is now in the “Terrible Twos” phase. And, knock on wood, as of yet, they haven’t been very terrible. He is still stubborn, but he already was that from the very beginning. But either we’re such great parents, or we lucked out in that regard. Oh, well, there are still nine months to go, and then we enter the “Threenager” phase, which, according to many parents is supposed to be worse.
Right now, I’m explaining a lot that what you WANT to do and what you SHOULD or are ALLOWED to do can be totally different and, in fact, opposite things. It hasn’t registered yet, so the reason “but I want to!!” is often brought up as the ultimate, trump-all argument. I’m sure with patience, that lesson will eventually sink in. When he’s 25 or so.
Personally, I don’t think Hans has stumbled across some big secret here. I mean it’s obvious that this management strategy is already applied liberally all across various industries all across the world. I mean, I am a single, self-employed artist and I apply this strategy to myself!
Whoops, this strip is a little later than usual. I apologize! Today we bring you a classic strip again, from our first book. Apparently Hans was already running a tight ship back then!
As the year is drawing to its close, ’tis the season again. And no, I don’t just mean the season to be jolly, but the season of flashbacks, best of’s and reviews. As I watch very little TV recently, I haven’t seen a single TV show like that, yet. And I will try my best to keep that number steady!
I will wait with my personal yearly evaluation of 2015 until it is really over. After all, I still have an open lottery ticket. Just the other day, I won € 1.50 (which I promptly spent on champagne and caviar of course), so anything is still possible! But even if I don’t hit the jackpot, I can already say that it was a great, if somewhat busy and exhausting year. I’m optimistic I’ll somehow manage those last couple of weeks with style too.
Well, it seems like Hans found yet another way of trying to save money. I am pretty sure Julio will keep him in line though. I have fought many battles over the years where the owners tried to save money and the mechanics tried to do what is right. I like working for those companies where the mechanics win that particular battle. Stepping over a dollar bill to pick up a dime never pays in the flying business.
I have seen many shady operators in my day I would never work for no matter how much they paid me. It always shocked me how long some of them were able to stay in business especially in a field that is scrutinized as much as aviation is. Have you ever worked for a shady operator?
What a great idea of Hans! He sure knows how to motivate his staff. And, since we want to spread the positivity around you guys too, how about a really motivating blog post to go along with today’s comic?
A good place to start is always a Winston Churchill quote. Allegedly he once said “Never, never, never give up.” Awesome quote, isn’t it? Now imagine a great photograph of a sunrise in the mountains, or a serene lake, or a guy climbing one of those monumental rocks in the Colorado desert, with that quote superimposed on it in a stylish font. Makes it even better, doesn’t it?
Churchill definitely pictured something like that in his mind, because he took his own advice seriously, including smoking and drinking. Another great motivational quote comes to mind, from Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Unless you dream of fighting ice giants with a laser lance, riding on godzilla. That’s quite impossible, because the laser would only pass through the ice, of course.
And last but not least, you should aim for the moon! Because if you miss, you may hit a star. Albeit many thousands of years later, and you will be incinerated instantly. But that’s nothing to worry about, because you would have suffocated long before that.
Anyway, I hope I could motivate you and inspire you to some great deeds today with these words! Go forth and be awesome!
It’s important to find the right balance between trusting somebody and verifying their actions. And it’s not that easy. Exert too much control and you frustrate your employees and reduce productivity, trust too much and verify too little, and you end up with what can be seen in politics around the globe.
Way to go, Hans! A fish rots from the head down, as we know. Or do we? I for one never watched a fish rot. Any fishermen or cooks among our readers who could share some insight knowledge here?
But who cares if a proverb is right, as long as it fits. Like “birds of a feather flock together” or “opposites attract” … can they *both* be right?
The hierarchies in our operations here are pretty flat. Sometimes Mike tells me what to do, sometimes I tell Mike what to do. But when I look at the stories from all my friends who work in “normal” companies, the tales of company-internal communication are enough to make your head spin and wonder how many companies out there manage to generate profits at the end of the day.
Well, actually, money does grow on trees. Kind of, in a way, at least, since most paper money is printed on cotton paper. And I have to confess, the German accent and the glasses are not the only things I have in common with Hans. When I started out drawing this comic, I didn’t know what a magneto was either! But then, I’m not running an FBO…