Friday, May 13, 2005

Todd - His death

Sara, Jon and Tia, Todd's parents -- may you feel the intense love and concern pouring your way. May you find the strength to grieve completely and to forgive the wrong of a few and focus energy on taking in the kindnesses of those who truly care for you.

I am extremely sad that Todd spent his last days in the grieving process he was unable to finish. I am sad that his death is, in part, a "tragedy of an internal uncontrolled management war", even though his career was spent testing the technologies to prevent a real war. Todd was always the first to admit that diplomacy was not his strength. However, his strength was his strength to plow forward finishing projects using his tenacity and problem solving skills. I personally have no respect for people who spend their time trying to win personality contests. I do respect creative thinkers, risk takers, and the intense energy it takes to get the job done!

l have to confess to being one of those folks afraid to speak up and speak out - AND admittedly, I am not sure speaking out really helps. Upper level managers aren't really listening as they are busy preserving and defending their own positions, watching other people do the work, and quarreling over who gets the credit. We all observe this behavior and are powerless to change it. Our only power is to change ourselves and possibly where we work.


Karen Warthen
MST-6
MS G770
Trust your intuition - always!


Comments:
Thank you, Karen, for taking the time to write.
 
I want to make clear that I am extremely happy working where I am now(MST-6). Before coming to MST-6 I struggled with negative management who provided little guidance and no commitment to positive change. I am grateful to work for an organization with a clear mission, forward looking optimism and faith in me! Although LANL has it's share of poor managers, even poor managers are not bad people. By no means, are all managers at Los Alamos focused more on themselves than the important mission of the Laboratory! I can only speak to my experience - I have been fortunate to work with some of the best, however, endured retaliation, suffered professionaly and at times lost faith in my own ability. I wish Todd could have had the opportunity to come to a positive resolution within the Laboratory.
 
I mean't to sign my name to the previous comment regarding work at MST-6, etc.
Karen Warthen
 
Karen, you said:
"I am not sure speaking out really helps. Upper level managers aren't really listening as they are busy preserving and defending their own positions, watching other people do the work, and quarreling over who gets the credit."

I think it is important that people speak out so those with power, outside the Laboratory, learn what upper level (Group and above) management is doing and take action to rectify the problem.

I wish that people knew what you put up with before you moved to MST-6. I know. I was there.
 
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