Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 16APR12

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: business execution

The U.S. Secret Service is rightfully being criticized for a dozen of its members seeking the services of prostitutes shortly before President Obama arrived for a Columbian summit. This has not only brought great embarrassment to the president and the U.S., but also brought about the potential for these agents being compromised (blackmailed) which could ultimately impact the safety of the president.

There are reports of a lax culture in the U.S. Secret Service: agents who are out of shape and can’t meet the physical requirements of the job, agents who are currently unable to qualify on the shooting range, etc. And, now, this egregious lapse of judgement.

This is one organization where the U.S. and the president call ill afford laxity of any kind. I personally expect the level of discipline for the U.S. Secret Service to be like that of Seal Team 6 or the Guard of Honor for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery: great fitness, great training and skills, and, an unparalleled commitment to the mission whether in country or out. And, for goodness sake, invite no embarrassment to the United States.

Do you recall how the Salahi’s sauntered into a White House state dinner? The debacle reveals vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the U.S. Secret Service, weaknesses that can be exploited: attractive woman with no credentials–please come right in. Perhaps the Secret Service should watch a few James Bond movies for training purposes.

The U.S. Secret Service needs to fix its culture as do companies or departments within companies that are falling short of meeting their essential mission. Only then will they thrive.

Thought for the week:

“We are who we are because of the dominating thoughts that occupy our mind.” – John C. Maxwell

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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One Response to Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 16APR12

  1. Once again, Dave Gardner’s laser focus has identified problems and solutions. The Federal Government needs his services! I think they have been watching way too much James Bond, and identifying with the villains. Hot sex with dangerous women. Who cares about sexually transmitted diseases when you are going to die from sudden lead poisning and blood loss? I believe those morons are capable of thinking and I expect them to do that. They should stop acting so stupidly-we have elected politicians to do that!


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