Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans Day

Veteran's Day November 11th It seems that everyone gets today off. Well maybe not everyone. Bankers. State and Federal employees mostly. All in my honor, and the honor of those that came before me, and those to follow that have served our great country. To protect the freedom we oft take for granted. Enjoy the holiday. Please try to remember that most of us have very little input in the selection of missions. Ours is simply to do or die. That may help to explain my love of Constraints Management: the requirement to focus. In the Marine Corps, everyone is taught first how to be a highly effective and motivated killing machine. Then comes your MOS (military occupational skill) training. Once you the get priorities right. So few understand or appreciate the power of focus. On the weakest link, and only the weakest link. Until it is no longer the weakest link. After three months of constant training and conditioning in boot camp, you become a key component of one the world's most elite fighting machines. Little room for debate. Or questions. Or second thoughts. Simply execute. Einstein and Goldratt call it "inherent simplicity." The building block of complexity. Take a minute today (maybe even go slightly out of your way) to thank a veteran. Male or female. Old or young. Marine or not. We do not do it for the praise. But it is nice to hear every now and again. Semper Fi Jeff 'SKI' Kinsey, Jonah
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