1 posts from February 2010

Study in Leadership

Recently, John Nugent wrote on this blog site comments on leadership. His first principle, restated here is:

1. Leadership by example, a principle I first learned as an infantry platoon leader in the Army. The best leaders treat others as they want to be treated and they always treat the “little people” in a company with the same respect as those at the top of the company.

John is and was a chief officer of major companies but has not looked at or concurred with my use of his comments on leadership. He is,however, the closest person to a mentor I've had in my life and have inculcated his thoughts into my views.

I am an advisor and former corporate executive and have been an owner of a sizable private company. Based on those experiences, I am astonished by the example set by the First Family of the United States in the midst of the most challenging macro economic business challenge in our lifetimes for all tax payers.

The press reports this is how the First Family leads by example, which may explain why Congress has no compunction about increasing deficits by + 5% USGDP:

   Michelle Obama requires more than twenty attendants - - more than any First Lady in U.S. History. For example, Mrs. Clinton had three, Kennedy and Bush one each.

    The White House provided the following list staff members assigned to the First Lady (I have not personally validated these published figures):

  1. $172,2000 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)
  2. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
  3. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)
  4. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)
  5. $102,000 - Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
  6. $90,000 - Medina, David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
  7. $84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)
  8. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)
  9. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)
  10. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
  11. $65,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
  12. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)
  13. $60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)
  14. $60,000 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)
  15. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)
  16. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)
  17. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)
  18. $45,000 - Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)
  19. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
  20. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)
  21. $36,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
  22. $36,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

These numbers do not include the lifetime benefits taxpayers guarantee to government employees.

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