ULD Air Cargo Containers – Quality versus Redundancy – Where’s the Argument?
Being a parent can be tough. In my children’s complex and fast-paced world, with so many external pressures upon them, it’s sometimes hard to get them to understand the importance of some of the fundamental things in life – such as doing well in school without sounding like, well, ‘a parent’.
Take last week. I was called upon by my 11 year-old son to give my advice and, for a brief moment, I felt important. He had a school science test and he was questioning if he really needed to study because the teacher told the class that anyone failing to achieve an 80% would get a second chance two days later to take the test. His argument was that he didn’t need the study time for the first test as he could study if need be the second time around – in other words, he had a backup plan.
I pointed out that this theory had its flaws – failing once in something where one doesn’t fully try doesn’t mean that if effort is put into the second time, there will be a successful outcome. In fact, the risk of failure could increase and he would likely spend more time in stressful study for his second attempt to pass, than if he had studied for the original test. I finished by explaining to him a fundamental principle of Quality used in my world of business – ‘Right the First Time’.