Tom Peters once said about managing airlines, “If the tray tables are dirty, they don’t do their engine maintenance.” Lack of attention to detail is not confined to a single block in the org chart. It is usually systemic. And can be historic.
1927 Mississippi Flood
Photo Courtesy of NOAA
US Dept of Commerce
The New Orleans contingency plan…states: “The safe evacuation of threatened populations is one of the principle [sic] reasons for developing a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.” But the plan was apparently ignored.
What concerned Your Humble Business Blogger was that “[sic]” which borders on well deserved sarcasm. Principle; Principal? Whatever.
If a manager can’t spell, should he be entrusted with a city?
During my first days on active duty in the Army, I was flooded with some paperwork and I made a few typos. But we had a Cold War to win. Spelling shouldn’t count.
My boss lost his sense of humor and I was reprimanded, verbally. (But I remember it physically.)
“Son,” the senior officer said, “You need better attention to detail.”
I became acutely aware at age 23 that details were important in the adult world. Especially where a mistake would have my people in body bags.
Something Mayor Nagin never learned.
Thank you (foot)notes:
Bad Hair Blog actually says it better.