On being results-oriented: A plant manager who asked his lead engineer to explain her hiring process: "Well, we fill a bathtub with water and we offer the applicant a teaspoon, a teacup, or a bucket. Then we ask him or her to empty the tub."

"I get it," the manager said. "A go-getter would use the bucket because it’s faster."

"No," the engineer said, "a go-getter will pull the drain plug.”