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!
Today’s strip reminds me a bit of this one here. It seems making quick and decisive calls is one of the strengths in Roost Air company culture!
All kidding aside, I think being able to allot the right amount of time and brain computing power to a decision, in accordance to the importance of the decision and the availability of facts, is one of the most important skills you can attain. If you spend half an hour in front of the yoghurt aisle or trying to make you mind up when reading a menu in a restaurant, you may have a serious problem in your life that you’re not even aware of.
Those are all great suggestions, if you ask me! By the way: We also have our suggestion box, namely our contact form. Let me take this opportunity to thank everybody who’s writing in! We love getting feedback from our readers and we also love it if you have an idea for a comic strip. We sometimes take a little long to reply, but we try to really get back to everyone. And we can’t always turn your idea into a comic (usually because it would need too much build-up to fit into one strip), but we really appreciate every idea. Sometimes it sets us off into a completely different direction. You never know!
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…