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The Reasons for Human Failure


When clear achievable standards have not been established, that's organization failure.

When the individual has not been trained to meet the standards, that's training failure.

When management does not enforce the standards, that's supervisory failure.

When clear achievable standards have been set, the individual has been trained to meet those standards, and the standards have enforced, then and only then can it rightfully be said the individual failed.


William Gates, Sgt Major of the US Army

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Under the gun is an expression that comes from mounted Calvary units. When they made a charge/assault on a position, they would get to a point where they were in between the minimum range of cannon fire, but just outside the maximum range of small arms fire. Once "under the gun", turning back would mean being hit again with cannon fire. Going forward being hit by small arms fire. A nasty business to be sure and a certain knowing there was no turning back.  

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Today I tried to tell my wife what I want for Christmas. Her. For the rest of my life. To never hurt her again.


I have the tools to take apart a '69 Pontiac, including the cam, and the tools to re-install it. Put it this way. I have an auto lift in my garage... There is only one tool I don't have for ship building that I don't have (That I can't use now) and that's a mini-belt/disk sander. Shared my wish list on Amazon. One freaking item.


What does a man want that has everything he ever wanted?


Not relevant, but I had to.

Edited by JustBlowinInTheWind

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Which cavalry? Do you know when and where? THAT's incentive!

I first read about the British and Australian Calvary using the term in the (I believe it was) Boer wars. 

Edited by daddyrabbit1954

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