Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cathy Stepp, Secretary of Implementation

Wherein we discover that former developer and McDonald's manager Cathy Stepp 
Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp proudly shows off her first deer, taken opening weekend last year. In the upcoming TV Special "Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2012, Stepp urges male hunters to take more girls and women hunting. "The secret's out," she says. "Hunting is a lot of fun, so don't keep it to yourselves."  photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR
has brought to Wisconsin DNR management the "chamber of commerce mentality" that Scott Walker wanted her to implement, and implement she says she will:
...the things that I am most thankful for and proud of of our team is that we have implemented business management practices that will ensure that the philosophies from the top are carried all the way through all levels of the department.
When I walked in the door six years ago, DNR was set up like five different regions, different DNRs with their own little DNR secretaries as the regional directors and you cannot effectively run a corporation that is clear in its directive and its mission and its actions that they carry out - the way they answer the questions of the people who do business with them - when you have that many bosses, if you will," she said.  
"It doesn't matter what my personal opinion is. I'm not a policy person like I was in the old days. My job now is to implement." 
Talk about a perfect, yes-person bureaucrat!

Though we remember when she was full of opinions, herehere and here


Anonymous said...

Very dismissive to make this about McDonalds which is perfect prep for Scott Walker's Chamber of Commerce mentality - low quality products there with lots of waste and little substance. The McD mushroom theory of management is exactly what DNR is beeping dumb-down to: Feed people crap, keep them in the dark, and watch them grow.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting to watch them try to control the message through increased PR efforts. It's as if they are trying to prevent Wisconsin folks from seeing what is clearly in front of them.

my5cents said...

Her idea of corporate management is bull pucky. Even at McDonald's there are management levels.

She sounds as if she has no clue that corporations have presidents, vice-presidents, directors, assistant directors, managers and supervisors, as well as multiple departments, doesn't she? No corporation is run the way she is attempting to run the DNR. Does she want to have every game warden from all across the state calling her with issues or what? No wonder the DNR is such a mess.

Yes, you can effectively run a corporation that is clear in its directive, in its mission and its actions where duties are carried out and where they can answer the questions of the people who do business with them. It is called inter-office communication, where you set the guidelines and rules by which they all carry out their duties according to those guidelines. That way there is no confusion for anyone. You also make sure that all regions communicate with each other on pertinent issues. You determine what those issues are and communicate that to them. In the military, it is called chain of command. That's how you run a successful organization. Not with everyone reporting to one person at the top. That creates mass confusion.

What she wants to do is to be able to make exceptions to the rules and guidelines for those seeking favoritism and she cannot do that with a normal chain of command setup. She's not fooling everyone with what she is doing. They want to be able to break the rules for those who contribute to the governor's political campaigns. With fewer people involved, they stand a better chance to keep it secret.

old baldy said...

"...five different regions, different DNRs with their own little DNR secretaries as the regional directors...".

Nonsense. Those regional directors (and before that 6 district directors) reported to the secretary. If she couldn't manage them it was her incompetence rather than the org chart. Other secretaries going back to L.P. Voight were able to handle it with great success.

Anonymous said...

So what you are saying, Old Baldy, is that she is not fit for her appointed office. I agree and think that it is time Wisconsin citizens started calling for her resignation. She puts politics above carrying out the mission of the agency she is running.