Tuesday, January 23, 2007

where's Miss Jane?

New Scanners for Tracking City Workers - New York Times--If we had invested as New York is investing in managing it's human resources, we could have answered the question quite easily during the last administration. Using technology to monitor Cleveland city workers might be a better investment than using cameras at intersections to feed off citizens just passing through. Let's crank up another deep and meaningful Red Room Dialogue, and while we're scrapping the red-light district entrapment cameras, the omnipresent reminder of the sad, sad legacy of the Campbell administration, let's look into managing our human resources better at the city level. I think it's quite possible to do way better with way less, or way fewer, but we'll never know until we try. Let's start with monitoring the burgeoning employment pools at the Water Department and then at Muni Light. Let's also consider doing away with the protectionism of the civil-service system. We can't afford the overhead of public-employee refuge centers any more.

And since we're on the topic, where's Frank? Any sightings? Does his really low profile somehow give new meaning to the terms "invisible hand" or "transparent leadership"?

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