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A Management Decision

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Summarizing a post from Reddit about decisions of Managers vs. Engineers: The night before the space shuttle Challenger disaster on Jan28, 1986, a 3-way conference was held between Morton-Thiokol, Inc (MTI), the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). This conference was organized at the last minute to address temperature concerns raised by engineers who had learned that temperatures were dropping below 20°F. Decades of data and the specs showed the rocket boosters  should never be operated below 40°F. Launch go / no-go votes had to be unanimous. MTI recommended not launching based off the engineer's data. MSFC personnel rejected and pushed back, insisting MTI managers to go back and “reevaluate the data.” The MTI general manager told the VP of Engineering: “Take off your engineering hat and put on your management hat.” With that pressure, the VP changed his vote to “go.” On the MTI side there were 4 managers and 4 engineers. All 8 initially voted ag

Burning Calories

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Between working and being the best dad I can be, I've always had a hard time finding a way to regularly burn calories. Lately I've hated how convenient that excuse has become - so I'm finding a way to make it work (and fully embracing that I may look silly while doing it.) Sharing to encourage others to do the same - but also looking for suggestions, if you've found something that works for you, let me know about it! 🖥️🚴

NashForward

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I'd launched NashForward.com (now closed) to help those who'd lost their jobs due to Covid19. And while I was overwhelmed with volunteers, participants were a slower and steady build. For all the negative news about the virus, the economy, furloughed employees, unemployment rates - this comment by a recent participant (who just landed a job!) was really encouraging. I wasn't the mentor in this case - I had just connected them through NashForward, and let the Nashville spirit work it's magic.

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