Widgetology 101

Joe explains how it works, and how quickly it can be made to fail:

Suppose the owners decided they will source our widgets from an outside source, say a group of Aborigines from the darkest jungle of New Guinea. These people not only lack advanced manufacturing techniques, they have no quality source of raw materials and only a basic idea of our widget. The result is a low quality, barely working, yet highly profitable version of our product.

The boss sends me out to sell the new product. What would happen if I went to the customers, told them our product was junk and they should buy from our competitors? How long would I have a job? Would the boss have every reason to fire me? I may not like the new product. I may think it is junk. I may think it is morally wrong to sell the widget’s benefits. Would it be my right to disparage the product and still keep my job?

Um, what are you getting at here?

Why in heck is anyone defending Sally Yates? Of course she deserved to be fired.

And she was. (One thing President Trump apparently remembers from a previous life: how to fire people.)



  1. ETat »

    1 February 2017 · 10:19 pm

    As somebody shrewd said in Russian LJ thread: as a schooled bureaucrat on high position she absolutely knows not to contradict her boss – no matter what he says. So the only explanation she did it on purpose, knowing she’ll be fired anyway, because every new Administrator builds their own crew. So she exploded as loud as possible with objective to earn “brawny points” within certain quarters. It was a career move.

  2. CGHill »

    1 February 2017 · 10:24 pm

    Makes sense to me, to the extent that any of this makes sense to me.

  3. Joe »

    2 February 2017 · 5:53 am

    Thanks for the link. As always I take the long-winded route to my point

  4. McG »

    2 February 2017 · 3:00 pm

    I would take issue with this use of the word “profitable”:

    The result is a low quality, barely working, yet highly profitable version of our product.

    For what does it profit a business to sell one cheap-ass piece of crap to each of its customers, but never another to any?

  5. McG »

    2 February 2017 · 3:01 pm

    But that is the only issue I have with any of it. The conclusion is spot on, and the setup masterful.

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