Was Butch 101 class over the top?

Published 12:04am Friday, September 7, 2012

Hopefully the City of Natchez department heads are not as cynical and sarcastic as we are.

They must surely be more composed, anyway, since they survived a specially arranged “How to work with the boss” class Thursday.

Mayor Butch Brown’s move to bring in his former co-worker to lead a session with Brown’s current employees about, what else, but Brown himself, was, well, a new take on people management.

Every management book we’ve ever read proclaims a much different message — don’t expect those you work with to alter their personalities, strengths and weaknesses and abilities to your liking. Instead, a good manager — being the higher paid, leader in the room — must alter himself to bring out the best in those around him.

Of course, we didn’t go to the Butch Brown school of management.

Brown is a good leader; we don’t doubt that. And we trust that this blip on the radar of his city leadership won’t amount to much in time. Brown’s intents don’t seem malicious, perhaps just a tad self-aggrandizing.

We also hope city employees who attended the meeting did, legitimately, take something away from it they can use.

If they learned something that can later help our city run more efficiently, the class may have amounted to something more than a waste of taxpayer-funded employee time.

  • Anonymous

    Right on track, feed the ego 101.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, PLEASE! editors! Do not complain or criticize- YOU ENDORCED HIM!!1 What did you think you were going to get?  A modest, unassuming, laid-back, amiable guy? Anyone who mis-represents where their “bona fide” residence is so that they can get the mayor job back is well,… being dishonest and shady. Ya getting what ya paid for. Enjoy.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the ND should’ve been at the class yesterday.

  • Anonymous

    I think you probably should have attended before you passed judgement.  I wasn’t there either, but my best guess is that it was an orientation for the employees regarding professionalism and work ethic that will be expected by the new boss, and the title was intended to be tongue-in-cheek.  Brown DEFINITELY has an ego, and is WELL-KNOWN for occasionally lapsing into impropriety, but he also has a reputation for demanding professionalism from those who work for him.  As does Huff. 

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    These people must have paid you to write this huh”??!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Being that Browns buddy Huff gave the 101 B. Brown personality teaching I feel that it would only be fair to get 101 Dick Hall teaching of why Mr. Hall and others that fired Brown from the highway department would have been much more interesting teaching than Huff huh”!!!!

  • Anonymous

    spidertheman-  hmmmm…..definately having an ego,…well-known for occasionally lapsing into impropriety,…sound like just the person I want to represent Natchez and to guide its’ business.

  • Anonymous

    You’ve got to be kidding!

  • Anonymous

    Huff == motivational speaker as does Brown= a Pushover, Huffs his boy, but he isn’t anyone That should be speaking or more less endorsing Brown. People (Business Owners) remember the things he did and didn’t do to support the local Merchants. Danny White is doing better for sure.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the first sentence says it all.  Were the department heads cynical and sarcastic and needed reprogramming?  This could have been a good thing, in some ways.