THE FIVE WAYS ENGINEERS DEFLECT CRITICISM

Interesting read on how some engineers respond to criticism. . . by Charles Marohn, who is himself an engineer.

http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2015/10/5/the-five-ways-engineers-deflect-criticism

Charles lists the 5 most common lines he has heard, including:

  1. “YOU DON’T HAVE A VALID OPINION IF YOU’RE NOT A LICENSED ENGINEER.”
  2. “THERE ISN’T ENOUGH MONEY TO DO WHAT SHOULD BE DONE.”
  3. “WE CAN’T ELIMINATE ALL RISKS. ‘. . .With the odd exception, the public does not have an expectation that all risks can be eliminated. There is an odd incoherence, however. . .'”
  4. “IT IS THE POLITICIANS THAT ARE TO BLAME. ENGINEERS JUST FOLLOW ORDERS.”
  5. “THIS REALLY IS A MATTER FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, NOT ENGINEERING.”

In fact, I am looking forward to working with professionals, industry representatives, safety advocates, government officials, and victims as a team next May at our Underride Roundtable to solve the underride problem together and aim for Vision Zero Crash Deaths one life at a time. I am ready to deflect all arguments that it cannot be done. The Best Possible Protection.

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