Subject: PSU report fon CC government
It is my observation that an 'administrator' is not the real object of the report, but rather is a smoke screen. It appears implementation of regionalization and profiling are the real objectives, both being more permanent.and deadly.
For the above reason,. I hope many will see the importance of attending the workshop Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 in the Owen Bldg.
This is our county... if we can keep it.
PS You may find the attachment below with an independent review of John M Bryson's work, that PSU lauds so highly, very interesting.
On page 5 of the Portland State University Report on how Coos County should operate, the report lauds John M Bryson as the master author. Wanting to know more about this person I went to the internet. The
only place I found John M. Bryson listed was under Amazon books. Going to Amazon and locating his book I reviewed the comments. It seems most who had to read or teach his book praised him. Below is listed the author's background, and a comment from a reader who was evidently not associated in either
catagory. I enclose this writer's comments because I found the PSU report to be akin to his comments regarding John M. Bryson's book......................................... Jaye
About the Author
John M. Bryson is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2011 received the Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration for "outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended scholarly career." He consults widely on strategic management with public, nonprofit, and business organizations in the United States and abroad.
This textbook is terribly done. There has been a Harvard project on the same topic that describes the planning process for nonprofits in three stages - Bryson uses eight. There is also a Herrington Bryce textbook that has been praised and that is readily
If you are considering this text for your use, I would strongly recommend one of the others; if your professor has assigned this, beg him or her to choose another. This is an overcomplicated repetitive mess of a manifesto on Bryson's self-important and overcomplicated view of what should be a straightforward topic. And it is sheer pain to read.
- Bryson is verbose and overcomplicates everything - He would cite five sources to tell you the sun has risen, just so you would know that he is well-read . . . he never uses 50 words when he can use 500 or better yet 1,000. That makes this a really
tough read. Bryson never heard that brevity is the soul of wit.
- This book is incredibly repetitive - he seemingly does not have a lot of faith in his reader, so he says everything five times. His lack of respect for the reader goes so far as to tell you how to set up a room for a meeting, how to cover use a dry erase board and easel paper, and just to be helpful he even includes a template of an oval for you to use in making ovals to post during
your meeting. A blank page in the book with a black outline of an oval. I wish I were kidding. Bryson doesn't have a lot of respect for the rest of us.
- He is a terrible writer. His paragraphs are lengthy and disjointed. His constant citing of sources is ludicrous. He is one of those
people in the world who can't just say what he has to say, he has to make everyone think he's smarter than they are. But if he were somewhat smarter, he'd have had the insight to make this book actually readable.
- Bryson seems to be a classic example of a consultant with no real-world experience. He barely covers leadership, a pretty important topic, but in addition to his helpful advice on ovals and easel paper, he does discuss the uses of dishonesty
and selective disclosure in the planning process, but in such a throw away manner that all you can get is how clever he wants you to think he is.
- He proselytizes incessantly. Bryson spends a lot of effort on his view of how one should achieve transcendence (really! - you can't make this up!) while making numerous and repetitive political statements against conservatives, corporate interests and a variety of others.
I realize that most of you will be buying this book because you have to, as it will have been selected for you by your professor. Beg your professor to choose another text. There are several much better ones out there. Plead. Do whatever it takes. This is the
one of the worst books I have ever encountered. It is truly terrible and extremely frustrating.
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Combined Review of Selected Administrative Issues for Coos County Government Recommendations Condensed
MGX---a few links to some very informative articles from Mary Geddry
City of Bandon---Votes on the renewal of City Manager's Contract
MGX---"Change the title of the administrator to 'director' and the problem is solved."
BOC---Regulatory Streamlining and why they want an Administrator
Letter to Editor------Feckless or Hypocritical
MGX---Spinmeisters at The World newspaper.....
Audit report 2012-17
MGX---plans underway to dismantle county government
Jackson County regional planning gets green light---Regionalization coming to Coos