Healthy Competition LO18171 -Naval Aviation

Rol Fessenden (
Fri, 22 May 1998 15:51:32 -0400

Replying to LO18164 --


I enjoyed your series on competition and carrier landings. I particularly
resonated with the following.

>"So... connecting this back to everyday organizations... In Naval
>Aviation, (1) not everyone can do it, (2) there are real differences
>individual to individual, (3) these differences can be observed with
>available resources, and the (4) performance is critical. Those who can't
>or don't perform have to go. As I think about everyday organizations,
>these conditions sometimes apply (for example, maybe in sales).
>What about Deming who says, "Most all problems are due to the system!" I
>think the system has it's impact, but what's different in the case of
>carrier pilots are the four points above."

For some reason, I keep connecting this thread back to the one on ranking
of performance. This second paragraph is critical to proper ranking. The
system is basically the same, and therefore significant differences are
due to either how the worker (pilot) interacts with the system, or with
the worker's (pilot) behavior.


Rol Fessenden

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