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  •  Very interesting diary/poll, BFSkinner, thanks! (4+ / 0-)

    I really do wonder what results a similar poll over at The Blaze would generate.

    Me, I started out with a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering (Univ. of Mich. '82).  The poor economy at the time led me to taking a job selling mobile homes for a large company in Indiana.  Initially I really sucked at it until I figured out the essential psychology of sales.  And in all honesty, I have to say that in my later career as an Environmental Engineer at GM after getting my MSE in EE (Mich.Tech.Univ '89) the things I learned in that year I applied more on a daily basis than what I did with both my college degrees combined (the one exception being the course I took in technical communication - - absolutely invaluable).  In the corporate world, if you do not know how to sell your ideas and projects to upper management it does not matter one whit how great your analyses are; your chances of winning over the bosses are much less compared to your colleagues who know how to "sell the sizzle, not the steak", as it's put - - even if your ideas are much superior to theirs.  

    Occasionally we'd be visited by a middle manager from the corporate offices in Terre Haute, and fortunately we were their best-performing lot, so we never had to endure the Alec Baldwin treatment:

    The characterization of that sort of fellow is not at all inaccurate.  Tony also wear a Rolex and drove a BMW and was just as much a sociopath as the guy from Mitch and Murray.  A "tough racket" sales is, indeed.

    Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

    by lehman scott on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 06:04:31 AM PDT

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