who will be next World Bank President What will they do


Coach wanted. Warning: tough pupil. Today's Washington Post contains what seems to me a quite desperate appeal from Paul Wolfowitz. The Post reports on a brief meeting between Wolfowitz and senior managers yesterday. After diplomatically appreciating what he called their "brainstorming" about ways to improve bank management, the Bank president said he is considering hiring a coach "to assist him in changing his leadership style".

One person writing in commented: "I guess he has to change from being a NeoCon Hawk to a good leader with some semblance of integrity."

It is not yet clear how Wolfowitz plans to find someone to take up the challenge of reforming his style. (Could he be tempted to bring in Karl Rove or similar for a messaging brush-up?) But this is clearly way too little, way too late (both in the scandal and in a man's life).

For a reminder on how far many current and past Bank managers have gone beyond brainstorming on management techniques, see yesterday's letter to the FT and the reports about open rebellion in the Bank here and here.

For more on Wolfowitz's alienating style see my previous post.

For my guide to all the angles in the Wolfowitz affair (in fact there are some more now so I must update it), see this post.

Alex Wilks ~ April 24, 2007

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