What Deming wrote about evals.

W. Edward Deming made a list of the seven deadly diseases that afflict corporate America, number 3 is “Evaluation of performance, merit rating, or annual review”.

Now, I do not enjoy writing evals for myself, or for anyone else. And mine are usually pretty easy to write, compared with most. But why would he write something like that?

Deming wrote “It nourishes short term performance, annihilates long term planning, builds fear, demolishes teamwork, nourishes rivalry and politics”

And continued “ It leaves people bitter, crushed, bruised, battered, desolate, despondant, dejected, felling inferior, some even depressed, unfit for work for weeks after receipt of rating, unable to comprehend why they are inferior. It is unfair, as it ascribes to the people in a group, differences that may be caused totally by the system that they work in.” (From chap 3, Out of the Crisis, W Edwards Deming).

At old job I remember talking to my co-worker after his first eval. I told him that no one gets good evals here, it is just politics. He was a little down for sure. Another time on the phone with an old friend she told me that she thought that bosses write that we are terrible workers in our evals to keep from paying us what we are worth. Its the man keeping us down…

So the other day, I am putting gas in Beverly’s car, and I get an inspiration, I wrote it down in my wheel book, what would Deming suggest should take the place of the annual evaluation?

Because that is the criticism. I click around on the internet and people write, well, he said not to do it, but he did not say what to do instead. And I am thinking maybe a report of how well one is following the 14 points, and how well one is avoiding the 7 deadly diseases.

So here is the format of the Deming…well, can’t call it an evaluation. Not sure what to call it yet. It could be a reflective document, maybe for ones own use. Maybe not even show the boss. The Deming annual reflection document.

The 14 Points:

1. Have you created constancy of purpose for product and service?

2. Have you adopted the new philosophy (or doing it the way we always did it).

3. Have you ceased dependence on inspection to achieve quality.

4. Did you shop on quality and not just price for everything you sourced?

4a. Are you working with fewer suppliers, or one supplier, making them a partner?

5. Did you improve any of your processes?

5a. Did you chart all your processes?

5c. Did you use the charts?

6. Did you create, and allow time for training of your workers?

7. Did you lead (and follow) as appropriate?

8. Did you drive out fear?

9. Did you break down barriers between areas?

10. Did you eliminate stupid slogans and targets for the work force?

11. Did you eliminate numerical quotas for the workers and goals for management?

12. Did you remove barriers to pride of workmanship and eliminate the annual merit rating system?

13. Did you institute a system of education and self improvement?

14. Did you spread the gospel and put everyone to work to accomplish the transformation of the company.

Hold on a minute…

That last one, number 14. Now right there is the problem with Deming. Because most of us are little wheels, not big wheels. And if we try to change things, it would not go well for us. In fact that is one of the big problems that Deming points out about conventional evals, is they only reward people working the old system, not the people who are shaking things up.

Well then, do what you can, even if it is on the down low. And I know, we will all get goals and evals this year, because the big boss is not going to read the Deming book.

I remember talking to old boss about evals, it was time to do them, and I did not want to do them,  I said “ you know what Deming said about evals, right?” He didn’t. We had to do them anyway.  Right up there with death and taxes.

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Is it ever ok to go over the bosses head?

Long long ago, in a company far, far away, I remember sitting in a room with my bosses boss, and several other wise advisers. The big boss had decided to replace some old equipment with new equipment. Good, right? New equipment needed to be tested and programmed. Could take months, and since we had never used that equipment before, it might prove unsuitable to the task. Well, still not bad, we could leave the old gear in place while we ramp up the new gear, right? Wrong.

No, big boss was going to remove the old equipment before the new equipment even arrived. Hmrmp… And, that equipment was heavily used, we could not afford to be without it. It would without question impact production.

Now this was such a bad decision, I was certain someone would be fired over it. Not necessarily the guy who made the call, but someone left holding the bag, likely me or my boss.

In the aftermath of this great disaster, it was suggested that one of us should have gone over his head, and said something to the plant manager. Unthinkable…but maybe not.

Having spent so many years in the Navy, I would never jump the chain. But maybe someone who had worked as a civilian all their life might have a different take.

What would I do if my division officer told me to go down in engineering and drill a hole through the bottom of the ship? Well, I would not do it. Probably not tell on him either though. Let him bring me up on charges.

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What is Indiana like?

We are now Hoosiers,  Indiana is great.

The traffic is light but slow.   Everyone is overly friendly and they call us Hun, or Darlin.   The land is flat and mostly planted with corn.

The rent is about half of what it costs in Los Angeles.   Gas is about a dollar a gallon cheaper.

To buy a watermelon,  you stop at this big barn like structure along the road to work (31).   There is no one around so you pick out a nice big one from the table there. The sign says $5,  you find a 5 in your wallet.   Another sign directs you to push the money through the slot so it falls into the barn on the other side of the wall.   (It is just a slot,  not like a vending machine that would grab the bill and pull it).

It is getting cold here.  A couple mornings there has been a little frost on the car.

We have neighbors on each side.  One has waved to me and the other stopped to talk to me and introduce himself.

Indiana is much like home.  Only about 5 hours further south.



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Cancer Prevention


Since Dad became ill I have been investigating cancer treatment and I believe the truth is that you can add B17 to your diet and avoid cancer.  Further people could be cured by the purified medicinal form which is not legal in the USA but is available in other countries including Mexico and Germany.


One of the quotes from the book is a  cancer doctor asking about how one other doctor cured his cancer.  He was asking because his wife was sick with it.  The doc that had been cured with B17 asked him “why don’t you give her chemo-therapy” (being a sarcastic … because that is the treatment the cancer doc usually gave his patients).  The cancer doc responded that “he would never give a friend or family chemo treatment.”

I was ready to die rather than submit to chemo in 2005 when they thought I had bone cancer.  Death is truly better than chemo.   People survive disease in spite of chemo and radiation,  not because of it.   But the book indicates B17 actually helps quite a lot with the pain anyway…

Here is a video with the short version of the book “World without Cancer”.  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4312930190281243507

Suggest you add fresh  apricots to your diet,  and this is important,  ya gotta crack the pit like a nut and eat what is inside the pit.  It looks kind of like an almond.  It tastes a little bitter.  10 or 12 a day will not hurt you.  You may read some places that they are toxic but I have eaten them myself and they are not toxic or harmful.  Also there is a little country where that is about all they eat and they are fine there,  no cancer.


Look here for more info.




Apple seeds also contain B17.  Probably best to eat the seeds along with the fleshy part of the apple as I don’t know how many of those would be too many.  As long as you eat them with the rest of the apple you could not eat too many.



The book is called “world without cancer” and can be found on Amazon here.


Or Abebooks.com here  http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?isbn=0912986190&sts=t&x=57&y=18

Be healthy,





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California Ballot Proposals 2012

There are two proposals on the ballot for tomorrow.

Prop 29,  the tobacco tax, pretends to take money from evil smokers to help them by spending the money on curing cancer.   Big tobacco is spending millions to defeat it.   For myself,  the issues are bigger government and higher taxes.  Does not matter what is being taxed.  NO ON 29.

Prop 28 pretends to REDUCE the time that career politicians can spend in office.   In fact it INCREASES the time they can spend in the SAME OFFICE.  At present,  they have to win a DIFFERENT OFFICE in the other house to reach 14 years.  If this passes they can do all of 12 years in the same office or house.   Those guys are so sneaky.   NO ON 28.

Almost always the safe thing to do is vote no on proposals.   Always big money and sneaky people behind them.


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What is California like?

There are two things that stand out in California at the present time, traffic and the costs.

People say,  we pay for the good weather in increased costs.    The weather is always dry and sunny.   Sometimes too warm.   Always need air conditioning.   The saving grace of California is the good weather.

The traffic is nuts.  When driving at rush hour,  in the big city,  trying to pull out onto a busy road,  that is what it is like, in the middle of the night, in the parking lot of a closed business anywhere in California.   Matters not where you drive,  or when you drive. The traffic is always way beyond bad.   Get in the car at the grocery store, way out in the back 40, get ready to pull out, here comes a car…unbelievable.

The cost of everything is about double, or worse.  Rent is double. Car insurance is more than double.  Gas is $1 a gallon higher than the rest of the country.    Taxes are among the highest of all the states.

The only thing where the costs are lower is college.   College costs here are subsidized by the state so they remain low,  hence the sky high taxes.  They get ya one way or the other.

I think I could put up with quite a bit of weather for a break in rent and taxes.





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Dad watch

Dad is sick in the hospital.   Family is taking turns watching him overnight.  I have watch tonight.  He has been sleeping a lot.

Brother Rick was here.  He was showing him photos on the computer.  It would get him talking,  telling old stories.

Not much that we can do,  just be with him.  Be there in case he needs something.

Off duty section went home at 2000.  Now just Dad and I.  He woke up about 2010.   Did some arm stretching,  some shoulder massage and ate a big cup of ice cream.   Nurse turned him in the bed and gave him the night night meds.  I think he is going to sleep.



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This came on the email from Jaynie.  John Cleese is a hoot.  I really miss the 80′s and Monty Python.


The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Libya , Egypt and Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved”. Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross”.

The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance”. The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards”. They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide”. The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender”. The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing”. Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides”.

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniforms and Sing Marching Songs”. They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose”.

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be right, Mate”. Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled”. So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.

– John Cleese – British writer, actor and tall person.
A final thought: ” Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC.”

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BANNED! from Above Top Secret

There used to be a kind of activity where using dialup one would connect, to an electronic bulletin board and post news and responses to news.  The modern bulletin boards are sites like http://www.abovetopsecret.com/ .

I did get interested and spend some time,  maybe too much time posting there.  Looking at my own blog it looks as if I was absent from November 2011 to now,  and that is mostly where I was.

It is fun and maybe addictive.  They have these moderators that will police the place, they remove posts, even ban members from posting for various violations of the rules.  The rules are all written down but there are so many, and subject to interpretation it is pretty much impossible to post very much without breaking a few rules.  There were even posts that were removed because they linked to a site that was unfriendly to ATS.  And also the posts that are removed, are removed.  No one can benefit from seeing what not to do,  because they remove the whole post and put up a big label indicating the kind of sin that was committed.

Really it is just the same stories over and over.  Nibiru and Obama.  Blurry photos of aliens.  The best posts are when people write about their own personal issues or experience and we get to comment, offer help or advice.

I was eventually banned from posting for making fun of the moderators. So I guess I will start posting back at my own website and they will have to create content without me.  Wifey thinks I was spending too much time there any way.

Leo Laporte  always says everyone should have their own website. Where they have control over the content.  This is true,  you never know where someone else will take your stuff on their site.

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Free online courses at http://www.khanacademy.org/

One of the wonders of the internet is free knowledge.

It is surprisingly easy to find out almost anything you need to know,  anything you want to learn about.  If you are not hung up on a diploma, or a title,  you could gather more knowledge and expertise than those with the fancy degrees and titles.

Heard on C2C with George Noory.  http://www.coasttocoastam.com/


A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Site is here  http://www.khanacademy.org/






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