Most of us work to live, although reality doesn't always seem that way. We work to provide shelter, education, and nourishment for our families. We work to provide the disposable income to vacation, support our hobbies, and save for the future...so we don't have to work our entire lives.
And because there are only so many hours in a day, the only way we can move ahead personally and professionally is to be more productive during the hours we do have. Our value as members of the aerospace workforce is directly related to how we enhance our employer's ability to be profitable. The math is pretty simple: Make yourself more valuable = make a better income = provide a better life for your family.
I have titled this blog "Raising the Bar" to acknowledge this truth. When we raise the bar for ourselves - hold ourselves to a higher standard - we set an example for our colleagues and they begin working to that higher standard themselves. So, too, with companies. When they work above the minimum standard, competitors must match the effort or lose business. Eventually the higher standard becomes the new standard and then we Raise the Bar again and again - just like the Olympic athletes we are now watching with amazement. Those that keep up will be competitive and those that don't, won't.
I am looking forward to hearing your perspectives on Raising the Bar, how we should do it (or not), and how maintenance professionals should strive to drive the important airworthiness issues we are facing in our rapidly growing global economy.
I'd like to thank Bob Jones and ATP for this e-venue and the privilege to express myself freely and often. Please join with me as we examine these interesting and exciting topics.