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Thought this might amuse. Something common to all cultures, not my fault :-)
May 23, 2002
Next Desk, Please
By DAVID MARTIN
OTTAWA ‹ President Bush has come under critical fire because he supposedly
received a warning of possible Al Qaeda attacks last August. The White House
is deflecting the criticism as best it can, but the president is still
feeling the heat. I think I can help. As a 20-year veteran of government
bureaucracy, I suggest the following tried and true approaches, sure to work
as well in Washington as they do in Ottawa:
1. Check your calendar. Sometimes you find that you were away from the
office or on vacation when the problem arose. No one can fault you if you
2. Point to your predecessor. This works especially well if you've only had
your job for a short while. Check old memos and see if the last guy already
ignored the same problem.
3. Find your own exculpatory memo. You know, the one that might say
something like "In response to your memo, I recommend strong immediate
action." If you can't find one anywhere, write it now!
4. Blame somebody else. If there's a subordinate (a general manager, say, or
a vice president) who does all the real work, get him to take the fall.
5. Describe yourself as a big picture kind of guy. Explain that you're not a
detail person. You can't be expected to read everything in lengthy two- or
three-page memos, especially the stuff at the end.
6. Think outside the box. For example, might this have first come up the day
the server was down?
7. Deny receipt. Unless your initials are on the memo, it's pretty hard to
prove it ever made it to your desk.
8. When all else fails, rely on that old chestnut: "Hindsight is 20-20." It
may be just a simple tautology, but it always seems to work.
David Martin is a lawyer with the Canadian federal Trade-marks Opposition
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