- "Forgetting" about the order.
- Initiating a never-ending study.
- Running the project by numerous committees.
- Citing a legal restriction that lacks substance.
- Listening intently and then doing nothing.
- Doing the parts they like and omitting the rest.
- Claiming that other priorities take precedence.
- Delaying until the change advocates have left.
- Delegating the project to a sloth or an incompetent.
- Doing nothing and then vowing that another department was supposed to handle it.
- Asserting a belief that the order was just an idea or suggestion.
- Thwarting action with intentional inefficiency.
- Leaking stories to critics.
- Parsing the meaning of the order.
- Executing with "all deliberate speed" with emphasis on "deliberate."
- Losing key information.
- Squandering resources.
- Redefining the scope.
- Executing in a manner that will foster opposition.
- Blaming delay on outside forces.
- Delaying, then asking for clarification, then delaying, then asking for clarification.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
21 Ways That Bureaucrats Can Say "No."
Posted by Michael Wade at 6:59 AM