The Administration For Children 's Services Essay

809 Words Oct 16th, 2015 4 Pages
In chapter 14 of Leadership, Giuliani states, “Organize around a purpose” (299). He uses the example of founding the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to demonstrate this lesson. After the depressing death of Elisa IIzquierdo, a little girl who died because she was living in an unsafe and abusive home, Giuliani knew he had to reform the Child Welfare Administration and had Howard Wilson investigate how to improve it. Wilson decided the best way was to make CWA its own administration, hence the founding of ACS. Giuliani explains that they discovered this because they asked, “What’s the mission here? What are the goals” (301). After that, he says to “assess and analyze your resources” (306). Following these steps leads to creating organizational structure. After that, he says to “identify your aims, and what you should do to achieve them; find the right people for the job; and constantly follow up to make sure everyone is sticking to the original purpose” (308). He also explains that the administration ended up being a huge improvement mostly because he chose the right leader, since “Leadership is more important than systems or strategies or philosophy” (302). If he hadn’t picked Wilson to be the leader, the administration wouldn’t have been as successful. Next, Giuliani discusses the significance of organizational charts. He says, “Organizational charts are not simply maps of how things work. When used correctly, they’re creative problem-solvers” (310). They can…

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