Thought for the Week… Competence and Comparing the Importance of Roles…

On the subject of competence and whose role is more


A sea captain & a crusty chief engineer were in a debate about whose role & expertise was ultimately more important for running the ship. Unable to decide and come to an agreement they decided to switch roles for a day.

Only a few hours later the captain emerged from below deck sweating, his face and uniform covered in dirt and oil. “Chief,” he bellowed, “You need to get down to the engine room. I can’t get her to go.” “Of course you can’t,” barked the chief. “She’s aground.”

The bottom line is, neither is more important as they simply can’t operate without each other.


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