Ted’s essays

Ted Dunlap’s experience

elect-ted-bustThe Ada County Sheriff’s Office has 613 employees totaling over 3,100 years of law enforcement experience. Without the incumbent, that will be reduced by 29 years of law enforcement experience (-0.9%) but increased by 35 years of private sector business management experience.

Ted Dunlap learned The H-P Way of business management from Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in formal H-P training classes, and on the job for 12+ years. He simultaneously majored in business management at Sonoma State University while they were evolving their programs to include The H-P Way.

The centerpiece of The H-P Way is “Management By Objectives”, wherein skilled managers inspire their subordinates to use their knowledge, experience and expertise to accomplish clearly-defined objectives. Contrast that with top-down management-by-directive wherein decision-making power is limited to what “the expert” knows, sees and thinks.

It was their innovative management style that enabled the company founded and grown by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to outstrip the growth and success of all businesses in all areas of the world at that time.

Ted Dunlap’s knowledge, skill and expertise with Management By Objectives, along with real-world experience supervising and managing with H-P, Soil Food Corporation, The Gentleman Farmer, Goodwill and Idaho Youth Ranch will significantly expand the capabilities and effectiveness of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office management team.