Clearing the Spindle: Leader Failures

By | February 15, 2020

[February 15, 2020]  I’m a little late posting today because of a trip to the local hospital emergency room.  All is well, not to worry.  Readers over the next couple of days might see minor interruptions in my website postings. Now, for the issues where leaders have failed and people suffered. Good leadership could have foreseen these issues and implemented measures to stop the problems before they got out of control.

15 Children Die in Fire.  Poor conditions, a slow response, and failed leaders resulted in a deadly fire at a Haiti orphanage. A Port of Prince children’s home run by a US-based religious non-profit, killing 15 children. The orphanage’s employees were using candles for lighting because the generators were not working properly. To make matters worse, the fire department took 1.5 hours to arrive on scene and brought no equipment or ability to transport children to a hospital. When leaders fail, people die.

Sexual Abuse Cover-ups among Jehovah’s Witnesses.  A grand jury was empaneled to review evidence about the church’s handling of child sex abuse cases – the first of its kind in the country. Witnesses are painting a picture of a “wall of silence” that has long surrounded the religion’s reclusive leaders. The Witnesses Church is cooperating. Those leaders say they “ welcome an opportunity to explain our beliefs and practices…”.

Famous Lawyer Convicted of Trying to Extort Nike.  Micheal Avenatti, recently paraded through several major media outlets as a possible presidential contender to beat Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of attempting to extort Nike.  The issue here is not so much Avenatti’s clearly corrupt and illegal behavior but how the American media gushed about his “fantastic” qualities and ability to beat Trump in the election despite many red flags pointing to Avenatti’s corruption.

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

14 thoughts on “Clearing the Spindle: Leader Failures

  1. Joe Omerrod

    General Satterfield’s series here is worthy of the time it takes to easily read it. Great job.

  2. Harry Donner

    Gen. Satterfield, I don’t want to take up too much of your time so I’ll keep my post short. Great topics. I enjoy your “clearing the spindle” mini-series. So informative. So enlightening. Keep it up. Consider making it a weekly feature. Thx.

  3. Scotty Bush

    I was listening to the radio this morning and heard about the fire in Haiti. Sad because it could have easily been avoided. Why do stupid things happen so often in Haiti?

    1. Len Jakosky

      If Gen. Satterfield could answer that question, he wouldn’t be here but leader of the world. Ha ha ha

    2. Valkerie

      I agree and General Satterfield has written another great article for us and he is in the ER.

  4. Greg Heyman

    Lots of leader failure these days and, yes, plenty of people getting hurt. So sad about the babies dying in Haiti. Haiti is a shithole country.

  5. KenFBrown

    I read about these earlier today and felt disgusted at the utter stupidity and carelessness. Too bad that they all don’t go to jail.

  6. Martin Shiell

    Get well. We miss your great humor and leadership already.

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