Lana Stein http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: Part Of The VA Problem Was Setting An Unrealistic Standard http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-part-va-problem-was-setting-unrealistic-standard <p>Too often governmental scandals become couched in blaming an administrator for the problem. Critics seldom look at a bureaucratic organization for its failings or how bureaus channel the behavior of their employees. One element that should be examined is how success is judged.</p><p>In the case of the Veterans Administration and Gen. Eric Shinseki, we see staff at VA hospitals responding to how they would be evaluated. Such evaluations affect compensation and promotion and hence behavior. Employees also tend to go along to get along.</p><p>Shinseki sowed the seeds of his own demise.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 01:00:31 +0000 Lana Stein 36878 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Part Of The VA Problem Was Setting An Unrealistic Standard Commentary: Can We Ever Get Beyond Us Vs. Them? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-can-we-ever-get-beyond-us-vs-them <p>Our world is never free of conflict. There are many “we” versus “they” imbroglios in which an exalted group lets pride lead to disdain, second-class status, or even violence against those outside the group. The lines of demarcation include race, ethnicity, religion or nationhood.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 10:18:11 +0000 Lana Stein 35879 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Can We Ever Get Beyond Us Vs. Them? Commentary On Lessons From The ZMD: Efficiency And Accountability Don’t Work Well Together http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-lessons-zmd-efficiency-and-accountability-don-t-work-well-together <p>American governmental structure began to take on its present form during the Progressive Reform Era, 1900-1915. Progressives decried the waste and corruption in government at all levels and desired professional administration based on fixed principles.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:28:23 +0000 Lana Stein 34697 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary On Lessons From The ZMD: Efficiency And Accountability Don’t Work Well Together Commentary: Obama, Christie and Dooley Through A Machiavellian Lens http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-obama-christie-and-dooley-through-machiavellian-lens <p>In common parlance, use of the adjective “Machiavellian” implies a ruthless practice of politics where ends justify means and maintenance of power is the ultimate goal. Yet, a careful reading of “The Prince” and “The Discourses” leads to a more nuanced view of this political philosopher.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:32:26 +0000 Lana Stein 33564 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Obama, Christie and Dooley Through A Machiavellian Lens