Mayor Nagin’s Performance Report
Tom Peters once said about managing airlines, “If the tray tables are dirty, they don’t do their engine maintenance.” Lack of attention to detail is not confined to a single block in the org chart. It is usually systemic. And can be historic.
1927 Mississippi Flood
Photo Courtesy of NOAA
US Dept of Commerce
The New Orleans contingency plan…states: “The safe evacuation of threatened populations is one of the principle [sic] reasons for developing a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.” But the plan was apparently ignored.
What concerned Your Humble Business Blogger was that “[sic]” which borders on well deserved sarcasm. Principle; Principal? Whatever.
If a manager can’t spell, should he be entrusted with a city?
During my first days on active duty in the Army, I was flooded with some paperwork and I made a few typos. But we had a Cold War to win. Spelling shouldn’t count.
My boss lost his sense of humor and I was reprimanded, verbally. (But I remember it physically.)
“Son,” the senior officer said, “You need better attention to detail.”
I became acutely aware at age 23 that details were important in the adult world. Especially where a mistake would have my people in body bags.
Something Mayor Nagin never learned.
Thank you (foot)notes:
Bad Hair Blog actually says it better.