Death Is Nothing At All

As we get older, news of someone’s passing becomes a more and more frequent visitor.

Take comfort in the beautiful words of Henry Scott-Holland.

Henry was a Christian, however, his words are no less powerful for that, whoever your God may be, or not…

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Death is nothing at all.

I have only slipped away to the next room.

I am I and you are you.

Whatever we were to each other, 

That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.

Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.

Put no difference into your tone.

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.

Let it be spoken without effect. 

Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.

It is the same that it ever was.

There is absolute unbroken continuity.

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? 

I am but waiting for you.

For an interval.

Somewhere. Very near.

Just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.

Right Next Time – Really!?

The key to success is quality which means ‘Right First Time’.

Nothing wrong with continuous improvement but serial failure is not acceptable.

Total quality management (TQM) is an approach to success through customer satisfaction that can be summarised as a management system for a customer-focused organisation, that involves all employees in continual improvement.

Do it right the first time (DRIFT) is a management accounting theory related to production management & just-in-time (JIT); whereby a manufacturer only receives goods as needed, cutting inventory costs.

We expect zero defects in things or services we buy. Buy a new TV & the pixels start burning out, & you demand satisfaction. When  the car goes in for a service, you expect the mechanic to install parts as prescribed. No defect is acceptable when it affects you personally.

So why is it so easy to accept that “shit happens” when producing a product or providing a service.

Zero defects is a great way to resolve the discord between what we expect for ourselves but can accept for others.

AGILE is great if it means continuous improvement,  not so much if it means continuous rectification.  Trouble is, if the supplier has to get it right first time, then how’s he going to justify continuing to milk the cow?

[ERP is a system or systems (people, processes & technology) to facilitate & support JIT & getting things right first time.]

Cheers John

The Best Birthday Present Ever!

The Best Birthday Present Ever!

Today is my birthday, again, and many people have been kind enough to acknowledge that and send their good wishes; for which I am eternally grateful.

However, it got me thinking:

As we grow older (& wiser?), despite the fact that we’re probably more loyal, more reliable,  more knowledgeable,  more trustworthy, more willing, and less maintenance than some, it strangely becomes harder to attract work,  clients or employers. Well it shouldn’t:

        As the population ages with a larger and larger proportion being retired and entitled to state benefits; the pension they have paid for and perhaps more frequent support from the health services and local authorities, the burden on society & it’s younger members, industry and commerce, through the steadily increasing imposition of taxation to pay for the old folk’s care, will grow and grow, the result of which will be to drive those businesses and people away, to new lands, ever increasing the burden on those that remain.

Employ the old, they’re great value and the key to prosperity for all.

Many thanks for your kind wishes, and a Happy New Year to you & yours……..

🙂