Romney in the Bureaucratic Weeds

By Tom Shoop

October 22, 2012

Just how detail-oriented is Mitt Romney? Conisder this anecdote that leads a New York Times exploration of his management style:

As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney could not resist burrowing into the bureaucratic weeds: He once took the statewide math and reading test for 10th graders, then startled his education commissioner by calling to say, “I like No. 14” and rattling off the answer.

Still, the Times' reports, Romney "is not so much a micromanager as a microprocessor, wading deeply into the raw data usually left to junior aides. He entrusts advisers with responsibility, but keeps them on a short leash, monitoring them through a flurry of progress reports and review sessions."

Other highlights of the profile:

Want to read further about Romney's management approach in both the public and private sectors? Read Kellie Lunney's profile in the September issue of Government Executive.


By Tom Shoop

October 22, 2012

http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2012/10/romney-bureaucratic-weeds/58944/