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Bureaucracy

Get Bigger, Not Dumber: Tips to Grow Output instead of Bureaucracy

Edward Muzio | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Edward Muzio

Small organizations and startups proudly tout their size, they boast about how they're more nimble, and they decry the evils of their large, monolithic counterparts.

Banish General Motors-like Bureaucracy, Embrace Hierarchy

George Bradt | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
George Bradt

When your team grows beyond 30 people, hierarchy is your friend. But at any and every stage, bureaucracy is your enemy.

Revisiting Kafka's Castle in New Turkey

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

In today's Turkey, the controversial 1150-room palace of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, dubbed AK Saray, is no less than Kafka's Castle in terms of its absurdity.

Process for the Sake of the Process: Another Stupid Business Trick

Laura Stack | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Laura Stack

Sure, we need people to handle the details and make sure the workflow process works smoothly. The problem emerges when they become interested in the process for its own sake, rather than as a productivity tool.

Ideas for a New Political Platform

Philip K. Howard | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Most Americans think government is broken, and despair of either party fixing it -- indeed, 58 percent say we need a new political party. But what should a third party -- or an independent grassroots movement -- stand for?

Autonomy: The Self-Driving Car and You

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Paul Schwennesen

We could be forgiven for thinking this is a vaguely interesting gewgaw in a world benumbed by technological gadgetry. The iPhone Six is out, for crying out loud... But like those who scoffed at Karl Benz's strange "Motorwagen" in 1900, we'd be overlooking a revolution.

Can Health Care Success Be Health Care Disaster?

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Deane Waldman

How can success be disaster, even in health care? As the Michael W. Smith song says, "Let me show you the way."

Anticipatory Anxiety Sucks

Maria Senise | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

To my unpleasant surprise, I was told that I have to interview to substitute teach in the school district I've been working for the past five years. I...

'All Eggs Shall Be Cooked' -- Rules That Treat Workers Like Morons

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Lenore Skenazy

If you happen to pick up a copy of the Kansas legal code for the construction and administration of nursing homes -- which, admittedly, you probably w...

The Whistleblower Protection Program Is Broken Too

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

As with the VA itself, the federal bureaucracy charged with protecting "whistleblowers" -- an unnecessarily disparaging appellation if there ever was one -- is itself broken. The consequences for American workers are catastrophic.

Memorial Day: For Vets, Too Many Delays and Not Enough Parades

Michael Winship | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Our veterans deserve much, much better. And of course, as far as I'm concerned, a lot more parades.

Sexual Assault: Our Harvard Can Do Better

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Lee-Sean Huang

Swift action is necessary, not increased bureaucracy.

Abolish Bureaucracy and Count Real Output

Edward Muzio | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

Wait a minute -- Consultant Brain cries -- I know this! It's bureaucracy. It's that form you're required to submit, to indicate that you're already doing what you're already doing.

Howard's Daily: The Cave of Federal Bureaucracy

Philip K. Howard | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Like the prisoners in Socrates's cave, federal officials accept existing law as a state of nature. They do whatever the flickering complexities tell them to do, whether or not they are sensible.

Ghastly State of Affairs in Tharparkar

Mariam Khan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Mariam Khan

Tharparkar, a desert region in Pakistan is yet again suffering from one of the worst famines in its history. Did the Pakistan government not learn from the preceding famines that have repeatedly targeted the area in the past?

Kafka on Campus

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Overwhelmed by incessant emails, policy changes, assessment exercises, learning outcomes and mission statements, we don't know where to turn in our search for an education or a meaningful life.

All I Am Saying, Is Give Shutdown a Chance

Benjamin Powell | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Benjamin Powell

President Obama has warned that "the longer this [shutdown] goes on, the worse it will be." Meanwhile, headlines around the nation are claiming we ar...

Miley Cyrus Strikes Again, or the Destruction of the Pendulum

Julia Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Julia Friedman

Ms. Cyrus' latest "strike" is not so much her doing, as the consequence of her fans' intrepid enthusiasm. Only this time, the perceived offense is not against some nebulously-defined conservative sentiment, but an actual public artwork, the 1973 "Untitled" sculpture by the late Dale Eldred.

Books for Our Times: This Town by Mark Leibovich

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Sadly, the book confirms our worst suspicions of how our nation's capital works -- or rather, doesn't. It also reflects a news media failing in its watchdog function. Still, there is hope beyond the book's negative portrait, about which, more later.

Gitmo Logistics & DoD Computer Mess Likely to Delay 9/11 Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Witnesses provided more details of the Defense Department's computer mess-ups and confidentiality breaches in the 9/11 hearings on Friday, and defense lawyers renewed their request to delay the hearings until those problems could be resolved.

Thinking About Whistleblowers: Their Motives Vary -- The Boss' Response Does Not

Robert Maranto | Posted 11.11.2013 | College
Robert Maranto

Recently my friend and co-author, Penn State Professor Matthew Woessner, showed the courage to publicly protest his university's unprecedented decision to impose an Orwellian "wellness" program on employees, including a highly detailed, even degrading, questionnaire.

A Samantha Power for Italy, Too?

Federiga Bindi | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Federiga Bindi

In her first speech as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power criticized the inefficiency of UN bureaucracy. Probably it would have been a good idea to send her to Italy, instead, rather than to New York: changing Italy appears to be a harder task than reforming the United Nations.

Kindness Not Only Kills...

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Tarun Sakhrani

Lo and behold! Incredible India continued to surprise me. A country with more than a billion people, with a slow moving bureaucracy, rampant corruption and an inefficient government never ceases to throw out a curve-ball or two and it was no different in this case either.

The Singapore Diaries... Part I

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Tarun Sakhrani

My earliest memories of Singapore date back to the early '90s when I took my first trip there with my parents. I still have the (scary) memory of the cab driver warning us about littering or jaywalking.

The Future of Learning Is Hard to Predict

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Maria Voles Ferguson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDr. Mitra talks fondly about the network of British "grannies" he has enlisted to teach children online and offer encouragement, but what about all the other issues that so often compromise a child's ability to learn and grow?