Saturday, June 16, 2007

Three Rivers Fishing Report - trend revealed

Here is how it works in the real world:
Three Rivers Fishing Report In organizations and companies I am familiar with, one reviews the job performance of an individual against the responsibilities and goals of that position to see how that individual adds up. You don't ask for resignation letters and then review their application for their job.
Review in carpenter's terms: Ravenstahl cuts first. Mends second because the existing dead-wood can remain. Shops third with a national search. Picks fourth. Offers fifth. Hires sixth. Fills the dis-jointed part seventh. Introduces and trains eighth. Finally, gets onto life the new direction and his stamp upon the administration.

Remember how Steve Bland and Dan Onorato did the PAT cuts? Sorta the same way. They cut first and measured second. After the routes were cut, they then tried to figure out the impact and if that route should be cut or not.

In life, you measure twice then cut once.

Onorato and Ravenstahl don't understand how life works. That is another good reason to use the word, 'hack.'

They hack the city's department heads or they hack up the PAT bus routes without justifications and purpose to the desired mission and outcomes. The hacks are wreckless. Hacks don't have a process that thinks thing through. The hacks operate without rhyme nor reason. Hacks never learn how to "Think Again."

Cut this, cut that.... whack, whack, whack = hack.

Saying "Do more with less" and not being able to prove it -- just hacking away -- is the talk of a hack.

We want the city to provide value and be efficient. We understand that cuts should be made and must be made. But, how one cuts and how one guides is very important.

PAT needed to make changes. The department heads need adjustments. But terror can't work either.

Rather, evolve.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Timesonline printed:


Our 15-month-old son Johnny loves turning off the TV. He walks over and pokes the button when we're lying on the couch, then waits for us to turn it back on with the remote before giving us a mischievous grin and pushing the button again.

Telling him, "No," is meaningless. Lightly slapping his hand does no good. Putting him in his crib for a few minutes only makes him scream. Nothing's going to stop him from hitting that button.

Why is this relevant?

Well, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl apparently has the same compulsion as Johnny, except Ravenstahl's not obsessed with the TV, but with superstar golfer Tiger Woods.

KDKA-TV's Jon Delano reported last week that Ravenstahl, 27, really wanted to meet Woods, so in April he called to ask if he could attend an American Express event that Woods was attending at Oakmont Country Club. He was told no, but he went anyway.

Ravenstahl, Delano said, talked his way past guards and into the club, where he was invited to lunch with club directors who again told him that he wasn't welcome at the private event.

Did that stop him? Nope.

The boy mayor somehow got hold of an American Express golf shirt, put it on as if he were part of the event and walked onto the course in search of his beloved Tiger. Once again stopped, he was told he was allowed to stay (Who's kicking the mayor out, right?), but couldn't take any photos.

So what does Ravenstahl do? After finding Woods, he has one of his bodyguards snap a picture, then he leaves. Ravenstahl's office actually told Delano that he should be given credit for his dogged tenacity.

This would be amusing if Ravenstahl was a 13-year-old middle school student, not the mayor of a city struggling to be taken seriously on the national stage.

We just want to know which does Ravenstahl kiss goodnight last at bedtime: his wife, or the Tiger Woods poster that hangs above his bed?