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LITTLE FREDDIE - MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE ©PortWhitmanTimes2006
     Out in the factory yard, it was Freddie's job to shovel up the slag from where it came out of the ore works as waste, over to a place where it could be re-introduced to the process as a more or less raw material, to eventually become steel. A dirty, mean job it was, too. "Hey, Freddie - workin hard? Haw, haw," the mill workers would shout to the bespectacled twenty-one year old, as they went back and forth to the plant. They mostly all started at the very same level of work themselves, and therefore knew the bone-weariness that accompanies a day's work of that kind. Freddie, nevertheless, kept on keepin' on, as the saying now goes, for he was supporting himself and hoping to attend night school as soon as his eyes were better.
     Freddie's analytical mind immediately perceived the boring struggle to survive his life would become if he remained on this bottom rung. But he also contemplated, as he lugged the dirty waste, that the job-o-work could be improved upon if approached with a fresh outlook each day. So that is what he proceeded to do. He turned the procedure of taking a shovel, scooping up what it would hold and carrying it to another place into an organized train of little movements, analyzed and classified them according to the old traditional method, then re-devised a new one and put them back to work. He did this not once but several times, each time keeping part of the task and throwing away part until the best - a combination of many parts of the different ways, and even some of the original way, finally materialized. It was as though he took a picture puzzle and redesigned and recut the pieces so that they could be easily reassembled in a far shorter time, with much less effort. Then he practiced and put them together - fast. He showed what he had done to his boss, and was very shortly promoted. It was 1878; Freddie was 21.
     His eyesight did improve and he, studying for an Engineering degree at night, began to move up through the factory ranks by sheer ingenuity and the use of his new scientific approach to each job he held. By 1884 he was Chief Engineer at the plant where he had started as a yard boy a scant six years before. But most important - he had discovered how to discover, and how to apply his discovery to something useful. His new approach to the organization and performance of work was quite radical for that time, as work had been more or less eyeballed up to, then Problems were always solved empirically, by Rule of Thumb. Sort of "Well, what'll we do, fellas!" Someone would come up with what seemed like a reasonable suggestion, and that would be that. One thing, though...Freddie didn't stumble upon his scientific approach. He invented it, plotted it from scratch with a fearless creative mind, then applied it to ALL work - factory, office, transportation, the whole Industrial Megilla. He eventually developed brand new profession, that of Consulting Engineer in Management. Frederick Winslow Taylor then went on to use it and to educate others in the use of this same approach to all of business.
       Henry Francisco - PW Times

LIMERICKS© Port Whitman Times

The computer shipment
Included equipment
For finding out there
Each thing except where
That darn microchip went

Mining life's answers
Needs no financers;
Solutions transparent
Might just be inherent
In history's cancers

Doors seal off spaces
To int'resting places
We might want to enter
Thus ending up center-
Stage to forward our cases

Henry Francisco

We pass here but once
So don't be a dunce
Make the most of existence
Lo, travel the distance
Addressing what one confronts

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