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What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:45 am
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Scott Pioli has been accused of running an administration based on paranoia and secrecy (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

In what has to be one of the most interesting ledes of the day and one of the most fascinating stories of the new year, the Kansas City Star’s Kent Babb describes the level of paranoia and job security fears that have descended upon the Chiefs since general manager Scott Pioli took over the team in 2009.

Paranoia, in fact, runs so rampant that former coach Todd Haley believed that his offices were bugged and that his personal cell phone had been corrupted.

First, the lede:
Todd Haley walked into the public relations office at Chiefs headquarters on a Thursday in early December. Four days before he was fired as the team’s coach, he wanted to talk about what life was like inside this organization. But he didn’t know who else might be listening.

Looking up toward the ceiling, he darted into a back hallway before hesitating. Then he turned around, going back through a door and stopping again. Haley suspected that many rooms at the team facility were bugged so that team administrators could monitor employees’ conversations. Stopping finally in a conference room, Haley said he believed his personal cellphone, a line he used before being hired by the Chiefs in 2009, had been tampered with.

As Babb writes, the team denies any of these covert operations, but what apparently is not in dispute by those who speak anonymously is that intimidation and secrecy are major parts of the current administration’s methods.

“When you’re mentally abused, you eventually lose it, too,” one former longtime Chiefs executive told the paper.

Pioli, HaleyChiefs owner Clark Hunt, though, defended his organization and its hiring of Pioli.

“We needed a culture that pursued excellence,” he said. “One that valued honesty and integrity, one where the employees would be held accountable.”

Haley’s paranoia was probably justified. Back in October, we told you that Pioli was on the verge of firing Haley, even though Haley had led the Chiefs to the AFC West title the season before. Haley temporarily saved his job with a winning streak, but not for long.

Yet, this question also is asked:

Is the current culture all Pioli’s doing, or is he acting on the orders of Hunt? One former VP of sales and marketing, who resigned in October, said, “It’s professional football, and I do think that it can be a bit of a pressure cooker. To attribute that to Scott Pioli is unfair.”

But read Babb’s story. Some of the details in the article are amazing, including Pioli’s demand that team employees who have offices facing the practice field must keep their window shades drawn during team workouts. Amazingly that includes team president Mark Donovan.

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Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:12 am
 

What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

The teams now share $6 Billion dollars annually in broadcast rights money.  Each team also has its luxury box money, ticket sales, a percentage ofparking and concession, not to mention local advertising revenue.  Add it all up and I'm sure a few offices are bugged, cell phones tampered with and vehicles with GPS secretly planted under a fender.  When it comes to money....earning it, protecting it, etc.....ANYTHING is possible.  



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:16 pm
 

What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

It reads like S. Pioli is following orders with Hunt's comment “We needed a culture that pursued excellence,” he said. “One that valued honesty and integrity, one where the employees would be held accountable.”  This is most easily accomplished by using Orwellian techniques such as bugs, hidden cameras and tattle tails, er informants.

There is nothing wrong with the Chiefs organization pursuing this course of action, but they should be upfront about these convert ops to all their employees.  A culture of paranoia cannot be constructive and the lack of trust will eventually create an environment of low morale.

Naturally none of this is important if the Chiefs were successful.  In the words of Charlie Sheen, Not Winning. 



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:33 am
 

What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

If it's true...who cares. If you're empolyed there, quit. Maybe it's just another reporter trying to make a name for himself. I would never rely on a persons information without seeing proof first. Not many fird employees ever say nice things about their ex-employer, do they. Maybe reporters everywhere in this country should learn to write about facts and truths without taking sides. Sounds like just another Area 51 tale to me.


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Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:33 am
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Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:17 am
 

What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

I'm from KC and listen to Sports Radio every day and the person who wrote this article Kent Babb is definitely in the know.  He told everyone that Haley was going to get fired even after he won the division and made the playoffs at the end of last year.  He broke the story of the Pioli vs Haley riff at the beginning of this year.  He is part of a group of young media members out here that have personal relationships with players on the team and have access to info that national media doesn't.  If he says that this is going on then I would lean towards believing him for sure.  



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:31 pm
 

What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

Some of the details in the article are amazing, including Pioli’s demand that team employees who have offices facing the practice field must keep their window shades drawn during team workouts. Amazingly that includes team president Mark Donovan.

ThinkerT, even the team president???

If you choose to believe this nonsense, that's your call.

 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:14 pm
 

What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

These blogs are getting pathetic. Do these writers feel the need to out-sensationalize each other?

Really now, do they make half this stuff up?
 
Yes, how dare they comment on something that another news outlet reported on in detail, including the quote "interviews with more than two dozen current and former employees suggest that intimidation and secrecy are among the Chiefs’ principal management styles — and that Haley wasn’t the only one with paranoid thoughts."

Did you even bother to read the source article, or is this just a knee-jerk response because you have some kind of ax to grind?



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:58 pm
 

What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

These blogs are getting pathetic. Do these writers feel the need to out-sensationalize each other? 

Really now, do they make half this stuff up? 



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:22 pm
 

What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

i didnt like the guy, now i know why. also a guy i call the teen ager clrk hunt (wonder if the teenager will read this and not let me go to chiefs games) the teenager is the oppiste of his dad. mr hunt was a class act. this boy is a class ass. in the article there was this statement about pioli watching a piece of paper on the starwayy for a week. no one picked it up so he took it to the president  and read him the riot act. all that stupid stuff is one thing. it been at least 3 years and the chiefs are still bad. apparently the teen ager went to a goldman sacks management class. yea goldman sacs is somebody to pattern yourself after. i have some advise for the teenage and his little weird friend. you guys get some common sense.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:01 pm
 

What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

What can you expect from a man who worked for the Patriots organization when it was famous for the "Spygate" incident against the Jets?


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