Situation #2


As a Volunteer urban planner you review and sign off on staff draftsmen’s drawings before sending them to higher management. There is a new draftsman who is incompetent but is a cousin of the division head. Tomorrow you will be reviewing his first drawings. This afternoon your supervisor said you can expect these drawings to be unacceptable, but asked you to approve them anyway to avoid trouble with the boss or to unnecessarily embarrass the cousin. How should you respond?

My thoughts:

This is a stumper for me. My friends know I don’t play politics well if I think something is going wrong and is vital to the mission of the organization.  I would love suggestions on this on. I would probably start by asking questions in the field.

so world any thoughts?




  1. LOUISE said,

    March 4, 2008 at 7:16 am

    You might want to check out the work of Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-violent Communiction or Compassionate Communication… and

    He talks about needs, feling and strategies.. in these situations, in any situation, try to go back to the NEED… you both want decent buldings, etc. ( Or in the case of our current politics, we all want to live in a safe country… it is just the STRATEGIES that different (between HC , Mcain, etc.)

    There are useful and learnable skills that can be applied. Staying in one’s integrity ESPECIALLY for a woman in her Wise Years is necessary… it can lead to health problms. yu might say to the supervisor that you did not come all the way to do a ‘half- ass ‘ job on your part ( change the wording) and you arfe willing to work with him.

    In one sense, V, you have an immunity as you are a guest. They want PC because theyNEED what we have and that includes communication skills, building buildings that don’t fall down and your integrity will be a gift… the lackof integrity has caused many problems all over and is especially noticable in Africa… that’s why many just want to leave the corruption.

    In thiscase, there is more than just two choices… and I believe in everything, there is more than two choices!

  2. Vicky said,

    March 4, 2008 at 8:21 am

    I agree with you that there are more than two choices. that’s why I would ask questions.

    and i love the idea that I find a common goal that we both agree on.

    also it’s really an assumption that the draftsman would be adverse to sugestions or working with another draftsman for different insights.

    and thanks for saying i have a certain immunity. I usually think of it as I am that crazy american who sometimes thinks so differently. and yes as an outsider I am pretty much immune from the political consequences. which could be good for everyone.

    thanks many good directions for me to think in. and i’ll check out the links.


  3. LOUISE said,

    March 5, 2008 at 7:53 am

    My husband was in Iran in the ’70’s and expats HA to chose sides.. so he carried a photo ob BOTH in his car ready to pull out the appropriate one. Ghana is not as volitle as that.

    I’m reading Obama’s latest book and he repeatedly has tried to find the common ground.. a new/old type of politics…

    Are you reading Ekhart Tolle’s book, ‘A new Earth’? and I found a delightful novel about the Sudan, very approp to you, “Acts of Faith’ by Philip Caputo,, very realistic!

  4. user said,

    March 5, 2008 at 8:14 pm

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