Managers Versus Leaders: Often
Unrealized Functions of Management
May 5, 2004
As we pulled into the parking lot my father and I were both astonished with how few spots were left. This was not your ordinary park that has about 50-75 parking spots. No, this was one of Houston's largest outdoor recreational facilities that has around 150-200 parking spots - even the streets running adjacent were packed full of cars.
"It looks like there is going to be quite a crowd," I said as we exited our vehicle and handed over my keys to the valet.
"And that's exactly what we want," my father replied with a smirk on his face, knowing that the large amount of people was directly related to Orlando Sanchez's announcement to run again after narrowly losing two years ago.
What a beautiful day it was. It is far and few between when the weather is fair in Houston; in fact, I often joke about how we have two different seasons - summer and not summer.
It was mid March and the grass was a deep emerald green, the trees filled with birds and life, and the temperature could not be beat. Children were playing and adults were consuming complimentary refreshments both with an underlining tone of anticipation that something great was about to happen.
Out steps Orlando Sanchez and immediately the crowd applauses. He smiles, waves, and approaches the microphone.
"It is time for a change," he says then immediately goes into a well prepared and rehearsed campaign speech about how Houston has been poorly managed and that it is imperative something be done about it. He creates a vision of Houston working together with county, state, and federal government for the common good. As he concludes this...