I have been trying to understand the new eternal fundamentals of leadership according to the likes of Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan and others who see government and non-profits as badly in need of corporate principles. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Please copy it promptly as I may be laid off later today with this post removed.
Fire, don’t inspire
Test, don’t teach
Statistics are just another form of adjective. Use them at will
Treat everyone – including citizens, patients, students, teachers, and volunteers – as corporate employees.
With enough public relations, personal relations aren’t necessary.
Internal organization is far more important than external programs
Statistical margins of error don’t apply when numbers improve. Acceptable progress need only be a decimal point away.
Dismantle, don’t build
Civility reflects inability
Reserve all creativity for budgets and annual reports.