|20th Century Fox is rumored to have purchased the rights to the Gretchen Whitmer biopic|
That stimulated a discussion about what Governor Whitmer SHOULD be doing.
Objective based management is not a new principle. Peter Drucker wrote a book by that title in 1954 but successful enterprises used the idea for centuries before that.
A typical "plan" would involve multiple objectives (or "hurdles" or "gates") that had to be achieved before the organization was allowed to move on "to the next thing". It was a way of ensuring the concrete had hardened before the framing carpenters started erecting the stud-walls.
Sometimes various hurdles can be traded. To make this concrete and a little bit funny, suppose I determined that I needed 100 pounds of lentils and 300 pounds of rice for each person in the ERJ manor before buying everybody a set of nunchukus for personal defense.
But what if I had 170 pounds of lentils and 250 pounds of rice and 20 liters of vegetable oil? Is the fact that I am 50 pounds shy of rice a show stopper if I have excesses of other, needed items? Maybe yes. Maybe no.
If I can be a wee-bit critical of Governor Whitmer
If Governor Whitmer's organization could take the time and formulate the hurdles for exiting the shut-down, then the various counties or "Regions" could free-flow toward normalcy.
The fact that her organization hasn't embraced "Management by Objectives" suggests that either:
- They aren't smart enough
- Are too lazy and undisciplined to think-through a rational set of objectives or perhaps they are too proud to delegate to experts who can create rational sets of objectives
- Don't trust the tax-donkeys who fund their paycheck
- Have an extreme aversion to responsibility
- Have other, shady reasons for not wanting normalcy
|Incidentally, the title of the biopic is tentatively set as "Night at a Wax Museum". A little bit of John Wilder humor|