funeral of Officer
Rafael Ramos of the NYPD was today.
Being that Saturday is my religious Sabbath, my personal attendance was
out of the question, as was my monitoring of the funeral via today's modern
electronic technologies. There had been
some discussions and speculations as to how the rank-and-file NYPDers would
present themselves vis-a-vis New York City's alleged Mayor, Bill de
Blasio. A week before, they had already turned
their backs to the alleged Mayor as he came to the hospital where Officers Ramos
and Liu were taken following their brutal murder.
gave the odds as 60:40 that the NYPD rank and file would once again turn away
from Blaz, leaving open the possibility that PBA President Pat Lynch may have
decided on a strategy to take the high road, leaving Blaz to worry about when
the other shoe would drop. But just
before I shut down my computer for the Sabbath, I came across the news item
that some persons unknown, presumably current or former NYPDers, had chartered
a plane to fly
over the Hudson River, dragging the
banner message "De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned To You."
knew then and there that there was no 60:40 or 50:50, but that there was a 100%
probability that there would be thousands of NYPDers and other law enforcement
officers at Officer Ramos's funeral, and that they would be turning their backs to de
so it came
years out of college, I was working as an Administrator for a certain electronics
firm that was a subsidiary of, and housed in the same building as, the parent
company, a larger electronics firm. Our division
President, who was my boss's boss, was a vice-president of the parent company.
was once at a meeting where the topic of discussion was a certain project in
Oklahoma and in Ohio that required the interface of our division with another
division of the parent company, offices located upstairs and down the hall from
our own. My division President was at
the meeting, and I was covering the meeting for my own boss, who was out of
town at the time. Our Division President
confronted the Other Division President (also a VP of the parent company) with
a document produced by two of the ODP's underlings, with whom I had been
interfacing. The document was clearly
based upon invalid data, and had faulty rationale.
ODP said to my DP, "Oh, that's just the work of "Laurel" and
"Hardy," but we don't have to go with their numbers or
schedules. They're shitheads
my DP said to the ODP, "George, they may be shitheads, but they work for
you! They're your people, so you have to back them
up or flush them out!
by the way, George," my DP continued, "I don't have any shitheads
working for me. But even if I did, I
certainly wouldn't tell anybody about it!"
of course, ended up having to refigure the numbers and the schedule, but once I
did that, there was no pushback from "Laurel" and "Hardy,"
nor, I was informed, from George. In the
next two months I traveled to Oklahoma and to Ohio to get the project going.].
The one (and perhaps
the only) common denominator of all the effective supervisors to whom I have
ever reported is that they either stood up for their own people, or, if they
could not stand up for them, they got rid of them. All "visits to the woodshed" were
And the few
supervisors I have had who were ineffectual (including my aforementioned boss
who was out of town that day) all, without exception, failed to give their own
people the proper backing, and failed to keep their admonitory chastisements
behind closed doors.
And when I held a
supervisory position with Uncle Sam, I backed up my people as best as I could (for
a while I was severely hampered by another ineffectual boss who failed to give
me the backing I needed, and who allowed his soul sister to bypass me with her issues and go directly to him, but his subsequent criminal indictment gave me much
vindication a few years later).
1, Section 8(a):
mayor shall be responsible for the effectiveness and integrity of city
government operations and shall establish and maintain such policies and
procedures as are necessary and appropriate to accomplish this responsibility
including the implementation of effective systems of internal control by each
agency and unit under the jurisdiction of the mayor."
18 of the City Charter places the New York City Police Department under the
jurisdiction of the Mayor, and spells out the duties and mission of the NYPD.
de Blasio's problem: He. Doesn't. Back.
His. Own. People. And in return, they
are showing him their own backs.
for the situation to further deteriorate. Blaz is too firmly welded to Sharpton to be able to shake him off.
I only hope that the NYPD rank and file appreciate the New Yorkers and
visitors to the city who empathize with them.
Labels: Bill de Blasio, NYPD, Principles of Management