re: Why Process People Are Second-Class Citizens
Vankatesh - As an engineer I share your sense of awe of Baily Yard and the intricacies and subtleties that create the magnificent mechanical heart of the UP enterprise. Bailey Yard is the pump, and while there is emotion tied to the elegance of the solution, it is also the point at which multiple processes intersect to create an efficient whole.
With that said, I totally disagree with your usage of Bailey Yard in an essay on "process people," since "process people" built the mechanical side of Bailey Yard. In a different environment (race, sex, religion, etc.), this would be offensive because it categorizes people based on their lack of emotional attachment some people see or the emotions some people get when the come upon the mechanically elegant solution. Simply because people don't "see" what you "see" doesn't diminish their importance or significance.
This is a worldview difference. Since my religion is a little more inclusive, all types are needed to build the enterprise. All types have a seat at the table. They bring their strengths and weaknesses, and are not second class. Each has a role to play, and the differences bring a fullness to the whole. It's interesting that you use Drucker's story about a cathedral, the significance for the stone cutter is about "why", and not about self. In Pushing Tin, it is a person who teaches another person about significance.
You share some nice points about Bailey Yard and the need for purpose, but the essay suffers because the premise is mean spirited.