That thankless project took four years to accomplish -- four years that came directly off my lifespan, by the way. Ultimately the computer gods required a sacrificial lamb -- me -- who quit at the end of the project, blood pressure soaring, mind turning to mush and absolutely determined to never again work for or with anyone remotely resembling a male human.
I did learn one important fact, though: You can't work beyond your level of competence for long without drowning in your own failure and bringing down everyone around you.
Each manager of those seven retail outlets (gross income in the mid-eight figures annually) was unprepared, inexperienced and unqualified for the job he held. They had all attained their positions through political maneuvering and expert ass-kissing. Once established at the top of their individual food chain, they completely relied on corporate managers who did the tough parts of their job for them -- including all of their thinking. The only thing these uber-woodsmen did for themselves was sign their big, fat bonus checks.
The single asset these goofballs brought to the table was their ability to slap backs, wine, dine and grease the customer. (I had an earlier theory that their elevated management status was due to each harboring a penis in his pants, but that's another blog.)
As it turned out, none of those managers (or their corporate counterparts) was able to make informed, tough and correct decisions when hard times struck in the form of stiff big-box competition, a slowing building trend and stringent environmental regulations. One by one they teetered and dropped off the pinnacle of their meager success, never to be heard from again. That particular company is 100% different from what it was 15 years ago.
So what's my point? This article by Charles Krauthammer details the many ways President Obamarama has been swimming in deep water ever since his
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