Gonna Make Engineering Great Again!

The fact is, the development and construction business is booming again, and that's great for all of us.

An actual statement attributed to Donald Trump involving engineers: "...My uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart..."

Credit for this one goes to Tom Allen from our Irvine office.  He and Scott Jones were discussing ways to make our company "Engineertopia" when Tom said, "we need to make engineering great again!"  Just then they looked at each other with "Eureka" expressions, slapped high five, and sent me their idea for a cartoon.

For a related cartoon of people who (just coincidentally, of course) resemble Bernie and Hillary, click here.




Hierarchy of Urgency

Which one gets top priority:  critical?  urgent?  ASAP?  Immediately?  And what if there's a bunch of exclamation points?  Do you handle plain old "ASAP" before you get to "ASAP!!"?  Then what about ASAP!!! or ASAP!!!!?  If ASAP means "as soon as possible", what if it's not possible because you're working on something that's "needed yesterday"?  And if it's needed yesterday and yesterday is gone, does that mean it's no longer needed?

For more "heckuva rush" cartoons, click here.


Eye Trouble

I can relate to this guy ...and his "serious" medical condition.  My dad used to tell me "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy".  I still have no idea who Jack was, but I took that saying to heart and have never regretted it.  Work hard - play hard is one of our company values, and definitely one of my own. 

No one wants to look back on their life from their death bed and regret that they spent too much time making a living and not enough time actually living.  I love the quote by Michael Landon: "Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying.  Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day.  Do it!  I say, whatever you want to do, do it now!  There are only so many tomorrows."


Starved to Death at His Desk


If only all those "this'll just take a minute" interruptions actually just took a minute, I'd have a lot more time on my hands.  Why does someone always stop you just as you're sprinting out of the office late for an appointment?  

And while I'm at it, I have other questions... 

Does being cross-eyed cure dyslexia? 
Why do lawyers call what they do "practice", yet bill at $500 an hour?  
Why can one careless match start a forest fire yet it takes a whole box to light a campfire?  
If a mime is arrested, do they still tell him he has the right to remain silent?  
If it's zero degrees today, but it's supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?  
What was the best thing before sliced bread?  

...deep mysteries of life that may never be solved.



Need A Few More Days...


This poor guy just can't unplug - even when he's on vacation.  ...and he feels guilty if anyone discovers he's not behind his desk at the office.  Since when is it a badge of honor to not have a life?  "Work hard, play hard" may mean different things to different people, but to me it means work smart and efficiently to get your job done at work, and then enjoy your evenings and weekends and vacations.

Inspiration for this one came from our recent company-wide 20th anniversary celebration cruise to Mexico.

For a few more related cartoons, click here.


One Of My Core Values


According to his boss, it would be a moral transgression to violate the company's core values, so this guy would be wrong to violate his own, right?  Makes sense to me.  At least you can't blame him for trying.  

This guy's boss makes a big deal when he shows up late, but I wonder if he ever notices the late hours this guy puts in.  As long as clients and co-workers are happy and the job gets done, I think high performers should be given the freedom they need.