Saturday, February 26, 2011

The problem with Singapore government departments and linked companies

Quoting from Robert Gates speech at West Point.

He said Iraq and Afghanistan had become known as “the captains’ wars” because “officers of lower and lower rank were put in the position of making decisions of higher and higher degrees of consequence and complexity.”

The Americans were forced to act this way given the clear and immediate life and death consequences in battles. This isn't happening here because it wasn't an immediate and clear life and death situation and we are quite poor at identifying people we can trust and cheated ourselves by passing many people off as not the right talent.

After they have quickly plucked the low hanging fruits for productivity, this is what they must do. I am not encouraged that they would. As always slowly warming water is more dangerous that a hot fire.

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