In order to remain in control of your destiny as a total tyrant, you must never allow yourself to be associated with any error. Even if you make a mistake, however unlikely, always have a backup plan to dump the blame on another person. Ideally, you should select someone you don’t like, or someone who can be easily discredited.

For example, you decide to have the maintenance technicians work dayshift only, and leave the plant without maintenance coverage for 16 hours per day. Even though you are dealing with massive amounts of emergency work due to your reactive culture, you persist in the belief that your plan will work. Upon implementation of this plan, you immediately shut down the facility, bringing it to its knees due to rampant equipment failures. Rather than being held accountable for this disaster, you kick your backup plan into gear.

You point your finger at your boss, and say, “Barney said it was a good idea. That crazy guy! I told him we would go down smoking, but he wouldn’t listen. I had to do what he said, but I am standing my ground now, and I am willing to take the reins. Barney, you are a fraud, and you must be dealt with harshly!” BINGO! You are the boss, and the power goes right to your head like a carnival ride. You wrecked the program, you wrecked someone’s career, AND you got a raise. If you can do this on a Friday, you even get a weekend of rest before you return on Monday to continue wrecking the program.

Tune in next week as we continue to expose the secret lives of seriously disturbed maintenance “professionals” with…

The Dirty Dozen Tip #11: Put Your Fingers in Your Ears if You Are Given Feedback

Thank you for joining us for a little fun with reactive maintenance mayhem. All kidding aside, we are proud to share our proven SystemRxMTM program with you. Using our proprietary SmartSequencingTM algorithm, your high performance maintenance program will come together in record time.


About Dave Krings

In 2008, Dave authored the first remotely coached Maintenance Process Optimization Program to help maintenance professionals battle the invisible system behind the scenes that, if left unchecked, undermines production and reliability.

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*All items or stories on this website regarding how to wreck your maintenance or reliability program are fictitious. We are using humor as a method to parody how programs and systems claim something positive but are doing the opposite. The purpose of said stories is to entertain and amuse and not to disparage any persons, or institutions, in any way and no malice is intended toward anyone or anything, nor should any be construed from the satirically based stories and fake news items. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental or is intended purely as a satire, parody or spoof of such persons and is not intended to communicate any true or factual information about that person. We believe our results show that we do have a system that consistently brings positive results when applied with our SmartSequencing™ algorithm. Please contact us if you want help getting your program producing the results you want.