Professor Carrie Noah
Execution and Results in a Crisis Situation
1.) In the Kirkpatrick and Shane article, several leaders are mentioned including President George W. Bush, Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, and FEMA director Michael D.
Brown. Briefly evaluate each of these leaders on their overall effectiveness at managing execution and driving for results.
To me, I do not think that either leader stepped up to the plate, and try to even to either manage or lead this devastating event. Heck, our own ...view middle of the document...
Brown would also say that other major states like Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi didn’t suffer similar fates as Louisiana did, but he failed to account that Louisiana was the most populated area hit, and was hit the hardest. Therefore, it was Brown’s personal ability to manage is inconsistent, just as his discussion stating that the variables is what made Louisiana hardest hit, which was not predicted upon the lack of judgement of FEMA, of whom Brown was in control of.
3.) Compare your analysis of Brown with an analysis of General Honoré’s overall effectiveness in terms of execution and results. Which of the two is more effective? Why? What part of the general’s performance do you attribute to organizational factors? How much of his performance do you think relates to his personal skills?
General Honoré’s execution, and leadership skills are what assisted in the results becoming more effective because of his approach of ensuring that the right people are in the right place to lead this organization in a natural disaster such as Katrina. His military leadership of leading by example while still respecting that the subordinates do not always have to boss people around to get effective results, but the people need to be given the correct tools and guidance to get the organization’s mission accomplished. If there were leaders that would have challenged during this devastation catastrophe, and any employee would have just initiated assistance to all those...