Nowadays, when asked to solve a problem, they get a bunch of guys into a room and draw a nice fish bone on the board. I thought that's a good guideline for students to learn the basics. But what the heck, this is far from classroom basics. These are real life issues we're dealing with.
Then, with all the guys doing the talking, only one guy is doing the thinking and with only half his brain. The other half is trying to decipher what the other guys are blabbering about. And all that waste of time is money down the drain. They call that 'brain-storming'. I call it bad excuse. Sometimes the poor chap leaves the meeting looking shell-shocked and with arrows and knives sticking out his back.
That seems to be the standard way to work nowadays. If you don't do that, they think your job is too easy. Your products don’t have problems. You are open to more work-load, more stress and pressure. They don't see problems because they don't want to know.
Therefore, if you solve your problems too quietly and efficiently and nobody knows about it, it's bad for your corporate future.
That's what I call the 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' position. Only consolation is, the home, tranportation and the kids' education is getting paid for. And one has to grow old gracefully.
Just can't get over it.
Me, I'll start looking for a nice horse that will take me off into the sunset. There's that empty rocking chair on a verandah somewhere waiting.