A President as Micromanager: How Much Detail Is Enough?

Many presidents have directed policy from on high, shunning the details of most issues. Mr. Obama has adopted a different style, particularly when it comes to economics, as he and his team wrestle with the worst financial crisis the nation has faced since the Depression. Full Story »

Posted by Derek Hawkins - via Alan Murray, Wall Street Journal (Most Emailed)
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Samuel W.  Velsor IV
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by Samuel W. Velsor IV - Aug. 12, 2009

You have to say good to great when you learn from reading and even stand corrected, and accept the correction, as being correct.

Very enlightening. Boy he sure is running with a very full plate for sure so when you take in all the travel time, not that all of it is a waste but it plays havoc with routine.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Aug. 12, 2009

focusing mainly on the financial crisis, there are many incidents reported here of the president involving himself in the "minutiae" of understanding more information to form his policy . from this we do get a glimpse of how the president works. what is clear here is that the majority of included quotes and comments portray this as negative. in addition the writer is connecting those comments to others' ideas that the president has taken on too many issues.

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Derek Hawkins
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by Derek Hawkins - Aug. 11, 2009
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Stephen Babcock
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by Stephen Babcock - Aug. 12, 2009

Refresing. Presidential management styles are rarely questioned. And after all, this is what these men actually are on a day-to-day basis. But the Journal gets carried away letting their sources connect management style with policy outcome. Poor management means your employees don't like you, not necessarily that the results are poor. Just ask my boss.

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