Irish Savant – irishsavant.blogspot.com Jan 11, 2020
Boeing used to be one of the Great Companies. Legendary. For a century its technical excellence and innovation kept it at the summit of aircraft manufacturing. But now it faces the worst crisis in its history with its commercial business in particular facing a bleak future. The 737 Max scandal that has cost hundreds of lives and billions of dollars isn’t its only problem. The flagship 787 Dreamliner is deemed so unreliable that it seems even key Boeing staff won’t fly on it.
“If it’s not Boeing I’m not going” has mutated into “if it’s Boeing I’m not going”. What happened? Well such a spectacular decline cannot be multi-causal. But I’ll wager that the ‘shareholder value’ concept and a commitment to diversity have been critically important. Shareholder value is shorthand for replacing engineers and designers with accountants. Short-term profit becomes the priority with top executives (usually from marketing or finance backgrounds) “earning” million-dollar bonuses while speculators use their insider knowledge to make a killing, usually at the expense of R&D and quality.
And then there’s diversity. “Boeing has made diversity and inclusion a strategic priority — and external validators have taken notice. On May 7, it was announced that Boeing ranked 32nd out of more than 1,800 companies that participated in DiversityInc’s 2019 Top 50 Companies for Diversity survey — moving up 17 spots from No. 49 last year. Boeing also was ranked No. 2 among the top companies for veterans, No. 9 on the list of top companies for people with disabilities, and No. 10 on the list of top companies for mentoring and sponsorship.”
Well done Boeing. Now could we get back to the 737 and Dreamliner problems?
Your Life In Their Hands
Back in the day I worked closely with HP and IBM, both, like Boeing, legendary companies and both subsequently destroyed at least in part by diversity. (Hi Carly). I was always impressed by the dedication of their software and engineering staff. Literally 100% White, they’d be at their desks late into the night, at no extra pay, just driven by a commitment to quality and reliability. You will seldom get such commitment and diligence from blacks or affirmative-action women while – trust me on this – bindi programmers will simply try to get away with whatever they can get away with. And with software it’s easy enough to fake test results.
The company has been hollowed out, its standards degraded, its culture corrupted. It will of course struggle on, sustained if nothing else by “defence” expenditure, financed by magic money from the FED. Even so ‘financial engineering’ and diversity have done their work in emasculating yet another Western institution.