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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • You can't make things happen faster than they can. Furthermore people who are shouted at over things that are beyond their control might get motivated once, but they also get motivated to find another job. And finally the more technical the person, the less likely they are to be motivated by shouting.

    I remember a previous job where I set up monthly report to mail to our clients. First month, great. Second month, great. Third month? I got to work and everyone was saying, "Why is your report broken, dr
    • Yeah, but you can bump the priorities. In our case, they pulled a guy out of retirement (at, I'm sure, a hefty consultation fee) to properly install the line.

      Of course, in that case the shouting was merely conveying the actual urgency of the situation (okay, it may not be air traffic control, but the FAA *does* require dispatch to be up and receiving data whenever a plane is in the air) to a company that wasn't willing to acknowledge it otherwise.

      The same CEO did have an annoying tendency to shout at/fire his own employees, though. He only tried that on me once... and despite being smart enough to delegate so there wasn't direct shouting, and to merely threaten to demote me rather than actually fire me (even though everyone knew he'd retract it in the time it took you to walk back to your desk), it failed. Buh-bye!

      (Followed, naturally, by hefty consultation fees. Instant karma.)