Thursday, June 30, 2005

He's Taking it Well


Doug:

Please post. Remind you of anyone?

Comments:
They forgot to mention the house buy-out.
 
I do not know if you all are getting this information but several senior managers are retiring and their houses have sold with in days. Interesting no?
 
Are they taking it well?
 
I would assume so.

Which senior managers?
 
Will the poster at 6:24 confirm the senior managers that are retiring? I haven't heard of any. Please give us facts when you make statements like that.
 
Sig Hecker has just retired and is moving to Palo Alto to take up a faculty position at Stanford University.
 
Sig has retired and is headed to Stanford, but is keeping his house in Los Alamos.
 
They aren't retiring, they're on long-term assignment to Oakland. UC finally woke up and has come up with a plan to simultaneously improve morale and productivity at LANL -- one by one the ADs are told that they're needed out west to help prepare the UC contract bid. The arrive in Oakland and are sent to a room with one door that only opens from the outside,no windows, and no phone. Once inside, GPN presents each new arrival with a deficiency list and asks them to develop a corrective action plan.
 
Too bad to lose Sig. He was one of the good guys. His decisions on managemnet, e.g., flatlands, were not always correct. But, he is fundamentally a nice guy, not an overbearing, abusive jerk such as Admiral Butthead.
 
Did UC really buy Nanos's house? I have never met anyone who knew for a fact that it had. Not that I mind. Getting him out of here sooner rather than later was an excellent reason as far as I am concerned.
 
I would like to hear an official statement from UC on whether or not Nanos' house was purchased by UC. My distrust of UC leads me to believe they did. They haven't been open with LANL employees about anything yet so I have no expectation that they will start being open with us on this subject. But they should.
 
Rumors of things like putting Nanos on some kind of special assignments (factual), deporting upper managers to Oakland, buying managers' houses, etc lead one to wonder what happened to the openness that we had felt (probably incorrectly) existed with UC. I guess that with UC having brought in the likes of Nanos and Foley, nothing should be a surprise.
 
This item was posted on the BLOG by Anonymous : 6/29/2005 08:11:23 AM under "SENIOR ADVISOR"

There's ALWAYS been talk of the "golden parachutes"provided by UC to LANL senior managment upon retirement. Anyone know the details?
Is it true that UC also provides the director a house or money for a house comparable to a university president's home.

Did UC provide Nanos the BIG house on a double lot in the western area? A friend who has access to this type of information told me that the BIG house sold in LESS THAN A WEEK for MORE THAN $700,000 to someone from Livermore who was hired for a deputy division director position.

Was that also a move by UC to cover the sale of the BIG house?
 
..."one by one the ADs are told that they're needed out west to help prepare the UC contract bid. They arrive in Oakland and are sent to a room with one door that only opens from the outside,no windows, and no phone. Once inside, GPN presents each new arrival with a deficiency list and asks them to develop a corrective action plan."
# posted by Anonymous : 7/01/2005 08:29:06 AM

Is the GPN referenced in the above statement really our former director who is assisting LANL's managers with brainstorming out in Oakland? Isn't he supposed to be back in D. C. working at his new assignment sponsored by UC?

Does GPN really know much about the so-called deficiencies at LANL?
Do you ever feel that this tale is like a scene out of Alice in Wonderland and that we're all attending the Mad Hatter's Tea Party!
 
This thread sounds more like a bunch of fish wives gossiping into a microphone than technical people at Los Alamos--pretty pathetic--but very public
 
Hey 11:13:41, lighten up! This is commentary on a comic strip, after all. And who ever said this blog was limited to technical people? Non-technical people outnumber technical staff at LANL by at least 5 to 1. Everyone from janitors and cafeteria workers, to secretaries and PR folks have an interest in the future of LANL and have a voice here. You can't expect every poster to be, write like, or have the priorities of a Ph.D. scientist.
 
You folks are truely getting pathetic in your paranoia. Nanos' house was bought by a new deputy division leader from Livermore who also has a family member with disabilities that the house's extra handicap access features were one of the only places in town that would properly support without extensive modifications. The timing of the new deputy division leader coming and needing such a place and Nano's departure was fortuitous.
 
Wow! Just stumbled across this blog as I looked for info on G. P. Nanos, and I've been totally captivated for the past three hours. I'm a USNA classmate of Nanos (BTW he was a jerk back then too), recently heard about his departure from LANL, and wondered about his abbreviated tenure. I hadn't seen him since graduation in 1967. I spent my entire career as a naval aviator, and once I could no longer fly operationally, retired and went on to other things.

But even after all these years it was no surprise to discover that Pete was less than effective as a people manager. Sadly, in most instances the military establishment now favors malleable bureaucrats over competent and professional leaders and rewards the former accordingly. The latter are seen as threats to the existng order and buried until they are needed to fight wars and handle other crises.

I feel for you folks and trust your new management will provide the leadership you deserve.
 
Hey 11:13:41, lighten up! This is commentary on a comic strip, after all. --maybe this commentaary is a comic strip- comedy noir--
 
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