Monthly Archive for October, 2011

Engineers and motivation

Motivation is one of the many subjects we discussed at the recent 1 Day Mini MBA event in Sydney. The list below is interesting because it dovetails into the discussion we had concerning motivational factors versus what Dr Herzberg refers to as hygiene factors (which can only serve to demotivate).

Most managers don’t understand the difference between simple concepts like this which is why they can be so ineffective as so-called leaders, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Today, I wanted to share with you a recent poll done by The Australia Wide Personnel group on LinkedIn.

Here is how engineering candidates ranked the 7 most important factors when considering a new job that was sent to me by Ray Keefe, one of our multi-award winning clients (and an engineer).

The  7 most important factors engineers consider
when assessing a new job offer

  1. Work which requires imagination
  2. Challenge of the role
  3. Work environment
  4. Salary & benefits
  5. Employer’s reputation
  6. Flexible work arrangements
  7. Location

What do you think of the list?

Is it accurate or just what researchers want to hear?

We hear it all the time…

A picture is worth a thousand words. I teach Superstar Speaking Skills to professionals and entrepreneurs… I am going to add this to the existing event Pre Program Preparation™ materials…

Apple Product Chart, Great Chart, Chart Example, Apple Computer Results

Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours sent this to me – thanks Ray!

As a long-time Mac / Apple fan, I can’t resist…

“Once you go Mac, you never go back.”

Be careful when asking for staff feedback

Most management consultants promote asking for staff or employee feedback. You might want to re-think that advice after reading the responses obtained at an airline repair division. Remember, it takes a college degree to fly a plane but only a high school diploma to fix one.

After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a ‘Gripe Sheet’ which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the Gripe Sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour.

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never, ever, had a fatal accident.

P: Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tyre.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.