Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Management: Richardson Administration Style

A conversation today with a Richardson administration cabinet secretary turned to management matters. This secretary makes "happy birthday" calls to staff, any staff, not just management. The call recipients typically are amazed and appreciative.
The situation brings to mind a meeting about workforce issues held in 2005 (I think) at St. John's College. Three cabinet secretaries were part of the meeting. Richardson addressed the group at lunch and belittled the cabinet secretaries, saying they were the least competent people in the room. For one of the three, I suspect Richardson was correct. But I found denigrating them in public to be astonishing and providing of an ugly clue to the character of the now out-going governor.

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