The Myth of Corporate-Style Governing 7: Supporting Document


Somebody else has caught on.

Kathy at Random Thoughts has an excellent post up in which she analyzes Bush’s management style and finds it’s–ta da!–corporate. And a particular kind of corporate.

My impression of the work culture he creates is that it’s highly structured, unforgiving, and authoritarian. It seems to be the kind of place where what matters is completing your assignment and not making sure it’s the right assignment to complete. More secretarial than executive. It seems to be the kind of place where everyone absolutely understands the status of everyone else. It reminds me of the NY corporate environment I once inhabited.That was a place where you measured status by office location, decor, company-paid magazine subscriptions, whether you were on the To or CC line of a memo, what meetings you attended (or didn’t), how technically illiterate you were (the more illiterate, the higher the level), and where you ate lunch. It was an environment where the question “why” couldn’t be asked at all until you were at a specific executive level, where results mattered more than methods as long as methods that skirted the ethical line weren’t disclosed. It was a place where more attention was paid to being in the office at 8:30 than accomplishing anything once you got there. It was a place where process mattered more than product and the inevitable product failure was blamed on uncontrollable external forces. It was a place where competitors were reviled and disrespected and all was fair in the effort to win. It was a place where bad news was held back in the hopes that it could be dealt with before it got communicated upwards, where executive incompetence was accomodated instead of confronted. It was a place where no-one dared tell the president he was wrong.

Gloriosky, Sandy, but that sounds just like…. No, it couldn’t be.

But it is, of course. Kathy has written a concise and spot-on description of the way this Administration functions, and she lays it right at the door where it belongs, a door that opens onto a certain kind of corporate management style: the prevailing one. Halliburton’s.

Thanks for the support, Kath. CORPORATE TYPES USUALLY DON’T BELONG IN GOVT AND SHOULD NEVER NEVER NEVER BE ALLOWED TO RUN THEM. EVER.

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