So I recently find myself thinking a great deal about World War I and historically known and used recruitment and battlefield tactics that can actually be summed up in very simple terms. One there was great emphasis and Cultural Attitude placed in ones willingness to die for King and Country. So societal expectation led to huge numbers of peoples signing up simply through peer pressure.
Two-nothing was as expected once you had signed up-perhaps some basic exercise and drill training -here’s your old uniform collected from the last batch of cannon fodder (it is new to you stop complaining) and here is your gun, you stand in that trench over there and when we say charge you climb up the ladder out of the rain and mud and charge across no mans land at the oncoming canons, gunfire and gas shells, when you reach the barbed wire you throw yourself across it and down into the opposition trenches where we then work our way through those trenches clearing out the remnants of any surviving Hun etc. etc. Of course in truth you need numbers to survive the crossing no mans land, even if you are James Bond you are unlikely to fancy your chances of survival behind enemy lines. So anyway I found myself thinking about all the assorted so-called mini wars that have gone on over the years from Country to Country and Continent to Continent and very little has changed for what might be described as the common man in any given population. Okay so the West was forced into many changes following there own major Wars yet in truth the Psychology can be seen to still strongly exist today and is used in other fields of endeavour.
So whether you are fresh faced and wide eyed joining a Supermarket chain or food outlet or small manufacturing company or indeed the modern armed forces you can all but guarantee that peer pressure is used, re-usage of shared tools and so on and so on and that in reality it can be the PSYCHOLOGY that everything hinges upon in terms of success or failure.
I mention that because I am known to have complained here on my blog about unwanted or undesirable banter and folks say why? or what do you mean by that? Well the simplest way to look at such things is to say that if something is regarded as FIGHTING TALK in your day-to-day life then surely it can be regarded as FIGHTING TALK in any environments that you find yourself in-far to many people hide behind workplace environments to do and say things that are generally regarded as “out-of-bounds” so whilst I am fully capably of telling people to “f*** off” and others are capable of saying the same to myself generally that is not a “Whole Life Solution” because it usually leads to more of the same and downward or negative brain entroublement without dealing with the underlying issues-I work in an Environment that promotes equality for all and that means a varied cross-section of peoples exist and we all who work in such environments are aware and know that-so it is not in my interest to STIR and that is what some seemingly choose to do-and when that is going on you are no longer focussed on the WORK that you are paid to do.
So peer pressure can be used to create a safe working environment norm for all where folks are able to focus on the work that they are paid to carry out instead of other less than savoury thoughts feelings and so on-and yes that applies to all peoples not just Dave.
The issue of tools is another one that can be addressed in the sense that we are as a Society encourage to like NEW and far to often the reality of NEW Kit can be that it is crap compared to the NEW Kit of a Few years earlier-you might liken it to cost reduction-whereby new manufacturing methods to reduce costs have also led to inferior product-this was seen for instance in the Video Recorder Market whereby the big and chunky and at the time highly expensive gadgets were replaced by lower cost manufacturing methods and those newer devices had SHORTER lifespans. I have seen this effect many times over where Expensive First Generation Gadgets are replaced with shorter lifespan cheaper equivalents and we seemingly do buy into that thinking-when in the clothes market for instance how quick do we rush to complain about holes in our Primark socks and underwear and jeans and so on-I bought clothes from there for work clothes and the T-shirts are great yet generally everything else does not pass muster-the short term problem solutions are good only when you acknowledge that they are SHORT term Solutions and that some LONG term Solutions whilst costing more can be part of the STRATEGY.
So a bad workman always blames his tools-a better workman invests in his tools.
Of course in reality the PRACTICE and DRILLING and so on can make all the difference between success and failure in some jobs-again where I work I have whilst generally being in the same role and function over the last 10 years moved across three departments and all three areas have differing issues to address to carry the role out successfully and a person trained in one area does not necessarily mean they can do well elsewhere-far to often thinking you can operate the same in each area only works at management level and on drawing boards-and again that leads us to the PEER PRESSURE and Psychology that is going on within a given group or workforce.
Where else well I found myself thinking about musical mash-ups I think I mentioned previously how I had enjoyed or liked ones years ago that was between Jay-Z and Linkin Park and I found myself thinking I would like to hear a Mash-up between PINBALL WIZARD (Elton John & The Who (Musical Tommy) ) and the Original AXEL F (Harold Faltermeyer (Beverley Hills Cop Theme Tune). I have know Idea why I would want to bring them together yet when played in my mind the Lyric of Pinball fitted well with the Axel F tune and that is reason enough for myself to say Why has someone not created that Mash-up yet.
thank you for reading, God Bless and Be Well 🙂