The Eleventh Hour Commitment


It’s the fifty-ninth minute of the eleventh hour of your project. It’s a hot Sunday afternoon just after lunch. Contractors have been working for weeks. Everyone is tired and edgy. All of your suppliers are closed.

You buffered enough inventory to last through the shutdown. You have planned everything to perfection, but you need to be back on line tomorrow if only in a limited capacity. You absolutely positively MUST be at full production by next week.

This project was your idea. This project could make or break your career. You made the pitch to your Board of Directors for the funding. They are holding you personally responsible for the outcome. The last wires have landed. The I/O check is complete. Motor rotations are done. Speeds have been tached. Interlocks are complete and everything is ta