As promised in the post above, here is a writing prompt!
He could forgive anything except inconsistency. In the course of his long career, he had seen people who were phenomenal at their complex tasks and others who struggled to accomplish even the most basic of assignments.
However he didn't begrudge the less talented workers nearly as much as he despised the ones who were inconsistent. At least he knew what to expect from the consistent ones, whether their standards leaned toward accomplishment or toward failure.
"Sir," one of his more menial employees rapped lightly on the doorjamb and then spoke. "Sir, they're ready for launch..."