Comments: Still with the Seven Minute Madness?

I was an upper-level manager in a chemical plant for much of my life. Anybody who believes that Bush should have jumped up from that classroom and run the the rescue of his country knows NOTHING about leadership. A good leader has people in charge of things that THEY are supposed to handle when the shit hits the fan. That's why they are there. That's what they get paid to do.

If you pick the right people, you don't have to scramble out of a classroom to take charge of whatever is happening at the time. You know that the right people will handle the crisis and inform you about it later. You make the final decisions, but you DON'T call all the shots.

That's leadership.

The opposite is MICROMANAGMENT, which appears to be what leftists want today. Jimmy Carter tried that tactic and fell flat on his ass. Ronald Reagan had the right idea. "Just drive the car where I tell you to go and wake me when we get there."

He didn't drive the car himself. He hired a good driver and slept in the back seat, knowing that the car was going in the right direction.

That's leadership.

posted by Acidman on August 14, 2004 01:00 AM

Key, if you already know how you're going to vote, I'd suggest for the benefit of your blood pressure that you ignore the political news fow a while. I'd really hate for you to bust a gasket, and it's only going to get worse from now until November.

:-)

posted by Jack on August 14, 2004 02:59 AM

Key, Acidman's comments are true. I've been a Plant Manager since 1979 and a leader must stay cool under pressure. You pick your people to be in-charge very carefully so that when the shit hits the fan -- everything happens smoothly, and most importantly, you as the leader act calmly and decisively. To do otherwise only incites panic.

posted by jmb on August 15, 2004 02:06 AM

It's so easy for these norons to say what they would have done had they been president on 911.
Nobody can honestly say what they would have done.
Anybody who says otherwise is full of crap.

posted by Desert Raspberry on August 17, 2004 08:36 PM

Attention all dumbshits: that 7 minutes was the time it took to secure the route from the school to Air Force 1.

posted by Tim on August 20, 2004 03:49 AM
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