Posted by: knightbird | September 2, 2010

Command and Control Leaders in Alaska

A recent Anchorage Daily News article about one business leaders in Alaska make it abundantly clear that command and control, theory X thinking is alive and well in our state. Here is a quote from the August 2, 2010 ADN story titled “Lawyers’ probe, unnamed exec say Alyeska a ‘distressed’ company.”

[Attorney Charles] Thebaud’s report paints a picture of a company where employees suffer from low morale, have a deep mistrust of senior executives and fear retaliation if they openly discuss or raise concerns about safety and integrity issues with them.

The harshest criticism was reserved for [Hostler], who admittedly uses “anger” to “obtain results,” in violation of Alyeska’s own code of conduct. …

Contrast this result with the result from Alcoa Aluminum, which is profiled in Steven Spears “Chasing the Rabbit” as an exemplary organization using Lean Management to achieve incredible safety results. The first column of the Alcoa website is the Safety column. After navigating to that page, prominently displayed is their safety figure, which today says:

As of Thursday, September 02, 2010, 15:45 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), Alcoa’s lost workday rate for 2010 stands at 0.086. Alcoa calculates and publishes this rate in real time. It represents the number of injuries and illnesses resulting in one or more days away from work with or without days of job transfer or restrictions per 100 full-time workers.

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