Sometimes I think that I should stop trying to get people to pay me to fly airplanes and instead get a normal job, the sort where you go to an office at eight o' clock in the morning and drink coffee. While you are doing your job, if you get tired and you inadvertently push forward on the thing in front of you without noticing, your chair rolls back slightly. If you briefly get 5200 mixed up with 2500 then your spreadsheet looks funny, as opposed to in my job where I go to work at some arbitrary time possibly between 3 a.m. and 8 p.m. and if I do one of those things I could crash into a mountain and die. I could make the same amount of money as I do as a pilot with a real job, and at this point in my career there isn't much hope of making a lot more. And real jobs have benefits and vacation pay. What do people do at real jobs?
Someone I know e-mailed me about an all day meeting about strategy execution. After I made all the obvious jokes about blindfolds and firing squads and the guillotine he e-mailed me back with the information that his meeting came with a personal workbook, and that two of the pages in the workbook were labelled, "how I operationalize strategy execution." Now I'm not going to pretend that "late descent clearance forced me to intercept the glideslope from above while holding the localizer with a ten degree crab" isn't jargon, or that it's desirable but it means something. I can explain it to you. I can practice it, even. I can lower the gear to help me out. It will mean the same thing tomorrow (but I hope to avoid it tomorrow). There's a goal, a really understandable goal (put the airplane on the runway without hitting anything else on the way) behind it. Does operationalize strategy execution mean anything? Will it mean the same thing next week? It's frightening. Is that what real jobs are about now?
Also, Happy Thinking Day. Remember to be prepared for runaway horses.