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Old 08-11-2008, 11:51 AM
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Breaking down barriers.

Years ago I worked out in the shop and then took a management position. I never forgot where I came from though and have always had the respect of the older shop crew because I showed them respect for what they do and I maintained the friendships I made during my time as a "shop rat". In the past 3 or 4 years we have hired a lot of new people and most of them treat any management person they don't directly deal with like, well like "management". Not hostile but not overly friendly either and I can understand this from dealing with a lot of the office people here.


It would appear I have knocked down part of the barrier with the "newer" guys with one simple act. I drove the Studebaker to work last Friday. This morning guys that haven't even nodded a "hello" for the past 4 years are stopping and talking cars with me like we're long lost friends. It seems everybody knows somebody that had a Studebaker, Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles, parents, etc. Of course the first question is "When are ya' going to paint it?" They are a little surprised when I tell them "Probably never." What for? I'm having too much fun just the way it is!

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Old 08-11-2008, 03:30 PM
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I agree....I was a supervisor at a plant for many years, coming from the shop floor too.......There, I was pretty much one of the guys, even if I was management, because we had all worked there a long time. Then the plant closed and it was time to move on.........I had 2 management jobs since...One as a supervisor and then as plant manager....bringing one of the oldies to work always aroused interest and got some of the people talking more to you....even the foreign kids that mostly drove the "ricers"..........It kind of broke the ice with new people..........

Only problem was, I dont think upper management appreciated that I didn't drive the typical car that they considered normal......A couple off them stated that I should drive a more modern car, just so I would have something dependable........iI answered that a company supplied vehicle would be dependable......That didn't go over big..........
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:40 PM
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Poncho, that should have went over as well as a ton of turkey turds....


I'm going back to the shop now. I need to get the Monte going. Soon. A lower level management job is possibly just ahead....


In a while, Chet.
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Poncho, that should have went over as well as a ton of turkey turds....

In a while, Chet.
Yeah....must have....They canned me soon after that.......maybe had something to do with it, that and the fact that I couldn't bring myself to be a miserable ***** to these people..........
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:33 PM
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Only problem was, I dont think upper management appreciated that I didn't drive the typical car that they considered normal......A couple off them stated that I should drive a more modern car,

Hmmm, my B-I-L worked at corporate HQ for a LARGE ag equipment company, I won't mention any names but their colors are green and yellow. He frequently rode a motorcycle to work but it was "suggested" to him that riding a motorcycle did not present the expected image of an HQ employee. Even though they had a dedicated parking lot just for motorcycles. He later sold the bike but not because of that.
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