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April 25, 2019

4/2/2019 7:30:00 AM
Reader: Guild has moved passed the point of no return

To the Editor:

It has long been my understanding that one of the functions of an administrator is to make certain that each of the departments under his/her direction has the resources to do the jobs they are assigned. A second function is to develop a relationship with each of the departments, so that they are willing and able to follow his/her lead in fulfilling their tasks. Much like a band director, who makes sure that each section can play their parts, and that all the sections can play their parts at the same time. In addition, it is also the administrator's responsibility to keep the policy makers informed about the issues they face and to provide them with the resources to make decisions in the best interest of the organization. In a recent book, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic says "A competent leader is somebody who has a positive effect on his or her teams, subordinates, followers, and organization. So we measure whether a leader is competent or not based on how he or she impacts the team."

By anyone's reckoning, Mr. Guild has swung and missed. He has lost the support of at least half of the people who hired him, lost the support of five of the top leaders in city government, who in a very rare move, have gone on record in the form of a letter, stating that they have lost confidence in Mr. Guild's leadership.

Based on what I have read in the newspapers and seen in the TV coverage, it is my opinion that Mr. Guild has passed the point where he can repair his severely damaged relationships. The situation appears to have reached such proportions that neither the City Council nor the mayor have the ability, or will to face up to their responsibilities, and relieve Mr. Guild of his duties.

Mr. Guild has made a mistake in his approach to his work in Rhinelander, and as a competent administrator, it is up to him to recognize the reality of his situation: admit that he struck out and offer his resignation. If Mr. Guild chooses to stay on in this untenable situation, while the city sinks deeper into dysfunction, he will be doing so for reasons other than the best interests of the city.

Jim Leschke


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