Chapter 10 Extra Reading
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
There are many sad and bitter experiences owing to a weak management. In fact, many persons, enterprises, and nations as well have had tremendous complications because of an inadequate management in their activities. This is because has not taken into account some elemental managerial criteria for doing them. Of course, some results are more evident and have greater impact than others have by the connotations wherein are involve. Ever more so, in some cases, such as the report on pre-Iraq war intelligence was full of mistakes for the lack of leadership. This could have caused terrible consequences not only for people, but also for nations. All this is for human mistakes in working through “collective group think.”
Many decisions could be erroneously taken by having failed reports. This seems to be the invasion to Iraq for the USA because according the Senate report, they concluded that the report from the USA intelligence is lacks of realism and objectivity in relationship to that “Iraq’s continuing programs for weapons of mass destruction.” This conclusion from the USA intelligence community is because they used indirect sources as well as worked through the “groupthink” for the preparation, analysis, and conclusions of a complicated and risky issue. Indeed, the “groupthink” is harmful in all organization because people that are in this group have submissive features, do not have individual responsibility, and are not creative too. At this point, Gary Latham (2009) in “Becoming the Evidence-Based Manager,” points out that the “groupthink” should be avoided into organizations.
Certainly, wrong reports come from poor management by lack of leadership. This is because not only we should take into account the sources of information for developing an action plan, but we should also be extremely careful in monitoring, supervising, and controlling each of the planned activities in agreement to our outlined strategies. In consequence, we should do our work with responsibility, commitment, loyalty, and veracity to avoid maybe catastrophic consequences, which to correct later would be too late.