Troy Tulowitzki is the superstar Colorado Rockies shortstop, and has been since for nine years. He has been named an All-Star four times,won two Gold Glove awards and two Silver Sluggers; he is widely regarded as one of the best players in baseball. Last weekend was Tulowitzki jersey night, with 15,000 lucky fans getting a Rockies purple jersey with the home town hero’s name on the back.
Here is how the the jerseys looked…
His name is spelled T-U-L-O-W-I-T-Z-K-I...just like it sounds, in fact.
- Imagine the number of missed connection, lazy employees, ignorant contractors and negligent supervisors that had to be hard at non-work for this to occur. The level of collective lack of diligence and competence is staggering.
- And the Colorado Rockies, who allowed it to happen, disgraced themselves, and have no one to blame but their own mismanagement.
- If this happened in the Obama Administration, no one would be fired.
- This is the kind of head-exploding incompetence that causes space shuttles to explode, planes to crash, websites not to work, businesses to fail, and Congressional Budget Office projections to be nothing but wishful thinking. Incompetence costs billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives every year.
- The only ways to address this problem, a human one, and an ethics one, that has afflicted civilization for centuries, is…
1. Assume that incompetence will be a factor in every large project or enterprise.
2. Never trust anyone who hasn’t proven that they are trustworthy.
3. Build a culture that encourages and rewards competence.
4. Make sure that there are certain and appropriate consequences for incompetence.
- If the organization is so large or the project so complicated that expected and predictable levels of incompetence will all but ensure disaster or failure, it is unethical to pretend otherwise, or cause others to rely on a level of performance that cannot fairly be relied upon
- Thank goodness Troy’s name wasn’t Yastrzemski…