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Government gone wild?

April 16, 2012

The past week has been like a bad reality show: “Government gone wild“.

We’ve had — in chronological order —  the GSA scandal mocking government controls on spending, Demster Hilary Rosen whacking away at Ann Romney,  and the Secret Service “incident”.

Though I’m a b-school prof and I worked in the real world for a couple of decades, I don’t claim particular expertise in  management leadership or ororganizational behavior. 

That’s ok, because this one is so obvious …

Organizations observe their leaders – what they do, not what they say – and act accordingly.  Consider …

  • If the President wastes billions on shovel ready projects (“ha ha”), why should the GSA squeeze every dime?
  • If the President shovels billions to his bundlers (think Solyndra), why shouldn’t the GSA buy a couple of iPads for each other?
  • If the President takes day trips on Air Force One to campaign, why shouldn’t GSA folks take day trips to Hawaii for ribbon cuttings?
  • If the first lady parties with the girls inVegas,why shouldn’t the GSA party in Vegas? 
  • If the President mocks folks for their “guns and bibles”, why shouldn’t Hilary Rosen mock Ann Romney for “never working a day in her life”?
  • If the President has a constant stream of rock stars to the White House for private parties, why shouldn’t his Secret Service entourage have some party girls over every now and then?
  • If the President openly disrespects our higher institutions (think Supreme Court), why shouldn’t the Secret Service disrespect our higher institutions (think, the Presidency)?

Obama should take the last point most seriously.  He’s the role model and sets the tone for government employees.

Maybe, his “people” are just acting  the way he’s acting

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Mindreader: “I’m not picking up a signal”

April 6, 2012

According to the Journal of Commerce, the head of the General Services Administration (GSA) and top staff got pink slips for spending $800,000 on a Las Vegas conference.

U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL) sniffed out that “the tab even included a clown for entertainment” and huffed that “this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Boy, that’s for sure.

Riding lower on the conference iceberg was a mindreader, leading Rep. Mica to wonder “if the $3,200 mind reader told GSA officials that blowing more than $800,000 on a Vegas conference for a few hundred bureaucrats would get them fired?”

Silly question. 

Mindreaders read minds, they don’t tell fortunes.

Fortune tellers tell fortunes.

Maybe they should have hired a fortune teller …

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P.S Yeah, the expenses sound a little high, but c’mon, man  … every conference I’ve ever been to has had some entertainment … and a mindreading act isn’t exactly el primo education.

Also, while I love to pick on gov’t waste, I’m told that the GSA does a pretty solid job.

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