Alec Baldwin shoots 2 people on set Oct 27, 2021 18:57:16 GMT -5
Post by jeffh on Oct 27, 2021 18:57:16 GMT -5
It seems so common today - pervasive - that organizations seek out people for leadership positions who think willing, wishing and wanting long enough, hard enough, loud enough and obnoxiously enough gets things done, without the basest of knowledge of ANY process or any respect for the value of expertise, especially as safety is concerned.
Not necessarily good gamblers, but reckless, willfully ignorant and unthinking gamblers, gambling other people's money, lives, reputations - taking the long-shot for the bigger payoff. And people's fortunes and lives lie in these gamblers' hands. It feels like we've developed a taste for tyrants in leadership, are willing to gamble, but not willing to accept the consequences of losing. The work ethic is dead. Personal responsibility is dead. Saving, paying things off is dead. The value of experience and skill is dead. Everything is in the hands of "idea-people," who think they were born more enlightened and more important than anyone else, especially anyone born before them - and their "ideas," wills, wishes, wants shall all come to be realized because they are THEIR ideas, so they are inherently GOOD ideas. Too willfully stupid to acknowledge, let alone respect the notion that there are people with experience who must be listened to, who must be allowed to exercise their experience-based authority to keep people from being hurt, dying or losing their "fortunes."
I work in a discipline where it is a constant battle to keep people like this from trying an end-run on the code for the sake of fifty cents. I've spent a career wondering every day if I'd be going home without a job that night because I refused to ignore or circumvent safety. The convincing point was always the same "go ahead, do it your way, but someone may get hurt or killed and THEN you'll lose even more money when the civil suits start, but you're not implicating me in it." Always document it in an email to all the "honchos," find an empty box and wait. Never filled that box for that reason, but still wonder why it always had to be a fight.