Competency  

rm_Kingcat4U2 66M
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5/17/2006 3:23 pm

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Competency


While I was visiting my daughter in Chicago, one of our conversations actually turned to politics. She knows that I usually don't talk politics, not that I'm not interested, but that it is a topic that I feel doesn't bring out the best in people. However, she had to get in a rant about George W., something that she had read on the internet had set her off and she had to get it off her chest. So I listened politely, nodding my head at the appropriate places to show that I was paying attention, while trying to let her vent uninterupted. The crux of the matter seemed to be the war in Iraq, initial expectations versus present realities. I was actually somewhat surprised she asked my opinion, since I was at the point, that I was starting to wonder if there was some underlying issue in her life that triggered this passion.
So I told her it was a psychological problem. Americans have a set way of doing things, handling problems in certain steps, following certain procedures, and then making a choice. If you don't feel well, you go to a doctor(an expert) and get his advice, follow his instructions. If your car acts up, you go to a mechanic (an expert), follow his advice and get it fixed. In both examples, you determined you had a problem, you sought out an expert in that field to help you with that problem.
You then followed the experts advice, paid his fee, and expected the desired outcome. This usually works with great success. People get upset when they don't get the desired outcome.
If you have to keep going back to the expert because his advice is not working, you become very unhappy. That unhappiness is compounded when the initial fee for the solution now starts to rise or grow because of increased returns.
George W. has that problem. His expert on Iraq, whose advice he chose to follow, has him coming back and he is still not getting his desired result. Difference is on a scale of size. The entire country is aware of it. Americans don't like experts who don't perform and they hate being nickeled and dimed. It just isn't the way we do things. We like competency. We like the job done right the first time. We don't like to pay twice for the same thing. And if the expert is wrong, we like to get a new one.
"So, the reason I think you are so unhappy with George W. on this issue is because he hasn't taken the appropriate action to get rid of the expert." I said to my daughter.
She looked at me for a couple of seconds before saying "You know, Dad, I really think you may have a point there." Then she added "But you are so full of bullshit!"
But it didn't matter because she was all happy again, and that's all that mattered to me.

volcanoinu23 54M

5/18/2006 6:43 am

I will talk politics when given the chance and at the mere name of "W" I bristle...so be patient!

While the said "expert" is still on staff, the President has a bad habit of running the country and making serious choices based on arrogance alone.

Full speed ahead on MY order.

Last great leader like this never left a meadow called Little Big Horn!

Nuff Said...thanks for your down to earth blog!


rm_Kingcat4U2 66M
2799 posts
5/18/2006 8:21 am

    Quoting volcanoinu23:
    I will talk politics when given the chance and at the mere name of "W" I bristle...so be patient!

    While the said "expert" is still on staff, the President has a bad habit of running the country and making serious choices based on arrogance alone.

    Full speed ahead on MY order.

    Last great leader like this never left a meadow called Little Big Horn!

    Nuff Said...thanks for your down to earth blog!
Hey, thanks for reading!


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