December 11, 2010:

"War Rooms", "Tiger Teams": management by crisis.

Symptom of disastrous management failure.

You get two types of participant. Those genuinely committed to solving problems, versus those genuinely committed to giving the appearance of doing everything superhumanly possible to solve intractable problems which are not their fault and for which they should not be held accountable, this being the reason they summoned the crisis group in the first place, that and wanting to impress senior management with their personal dedication. Ownership versus political calculation.

Some of my happiest workplace bonding experiences have been with a small group of owners. You can predict the next sentence.