"Nonessential" Workers

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Hard-hit New Orleans will lay off 3,000 workers – The Boston Globe:

“Nagin had warned that many of New Orleans's nonessential jobs were at risk”

Without getting overly political, this is an “only in government” moment. Some people have been blogging about “lean government” lately. If you can cut half your workforce with little ill effect, wow, you're not lean.

How insulting, also, to be told that you are “nonessential.” Ouch.


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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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