Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) is a retired US Navy Commander and a former governor of the state of Delaware. In the below clip taken from the December 15, 2011 hearing held by the Senate committee on Environment and Public Works, he offers some sage advice to the inexperienced and poorly trained Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Aside: I use the word “inexperienced” because during earlier testimony Greg Jaczko admitted that the largest organization that he managed before being appointed to his current role as Chairman of the 4,000 person strong NRC was a personal staff of about half a dozen people.
I use the phrase “poorly trained” because I am guessing that he rarely, if ever, attended any leadership or management classes either before after his promotion. Those important skills are not bequeathed at birth or as a result of obtaining a PhD in particle physics, but they can be taught and learned. I am willing to be contradicted about my guess. End Aside.
After watching the full committee hearing and the hearing by the House Oversight committee on December 14, I have little to no optimism that Dr. Greg Jaczko will follow the advice. As most counselors will agree, the first steps in any self improvement program are an admission of the need for a change and a desire to make the necessary behavioral changes. Jaczko’s denials and self justifications indicate that those first steps have not been taken.