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a bad carpenter blames his tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, they will usually lay the blame on the quality of their equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for their own failure. The football player blamed the overinflated ball for costing his team the game, but as they say, a bad carpenter always blames his tools.
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At Jorve the progression goes from carpenter's helper to carpenter (the second in command on a jobsite) to lead carpenter (who functions as on-site carpentry foreman) to superintendent of carpentry (who checks all job locations and tracks quality and budget) to production manager of the carpentry division.
The results of these initial trials suggested that any benefits were not realized, Carpenter said.
A '60s-style conglomerate of units that Cardy terms "non-synergistic," the purchase brought Carpenter much-needed production capacity in the form of a stainless steel mini-mill that happens to be one of the newest in the U.
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IV title tonight at Moorpark College, all of the petty gestures in the world won't change the truth - Carpenter made the right decision.
Carpenter believes that more than $500 million of organic growth opportunities in its highest margin business exist in these markets over the next several years.
For Carpenter, it was the most comfortable he's felt in months, evident in his first-half statistics.
We'll see if that flies for them,'' Scott Carpenter said.
Going from one of the worst football teams in the Marmonte League to the league powerhouse was not his motivation, Carpenter said.
As Guy Carpenter previously announced, ECF radically improves the current London claims process, which requires reinsurance brokers to ship paper documents from regional offices to London and then distribute them by hand for review and agreement by underwriters, resulting in service delays and the inability for all parties to easily and efficiently access claim information.
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teammate Kip Carpenter in front of a capacity crowd of 6,000 Tuesday at the Utah Olympic Oval.
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The most important benefits for insurers of Solvency II likely will be evident once companies complete the data-gathering and organizational phases of the process, and they are empowered to manage their capital in a more informed, technically proficient way," said David Spiller, President and CEO of Guy Carpenter.