The Rank and Yank Method for Elected Officials

October 19th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

Given that Congress is out of touch with America, and that certain politicians work for special-interest instead of the voters, let’s try the “Rank and Yank” method this mid-term election.

Jack Welch

What’s “Rank and Yank“?

Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric and proponent of the Rank and Yank Method

Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, famously installed the Rank and Yank method into GE when he was running things. The Rank and Yank method is also known as the “20-70-10” system. Here’s how it works:

  • Top 20 : the top 20% of the workforce is most productive. They get the best promotions and opportunities.
  • Vital 70 : the middle 70% work adequately. They fill out the rest of the company.
  • Bottom 10 : the lowest 10% are nonproducers and should be fired.

The assessment and firings happened like clockwork every year. With this system in place, GE experienced a 28-fold increase in earnings.

If it works in business, it should work in government. At least it couldn’t be any worse than the culture of corruption that’s in there right now.

So where to start?

Why not start with answers to our own Congressmen and Senators On the Record post:

I fully support American Poker in all its forms: Yes or No

I will reverse the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act: Yes or No

I will work to legitimize the Great American Game of Poker online: Yes or No

Let’s get those answers. After that, we can compare attendance records, voting records and campaign donations against the polls of regular Americans. Very quickly we’ll see who’s working for America and who’s working for special-interest.

There’s also the Radar article that describes this congress as “busy doing nothing”. Their ranking of the Top 10 Dumbest Congressmen is as good a place to start as any.

Rank and Yank. It worked for GE. It could work for the USA.

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