A few observations – big and small

Let me offer a few observations trying not to only speak of the man who shall not be named.

– A friend used to have sayings on his voicemail greeting. My favorite one is “always tell the truth as you don’t have to remember as much.”

– The man who shall not be named (MWSNBN) said he did not like “negative and critical” people while referring to a couple of British leaders. Really? Have you read your tweets?

– Another friend said “a man will never be shot while doing the dishes.”

– The MWSNBN failed to get buy-in from his caucus on placing tariffs on Mexico. Apparently, the caucus is not happy, with the Senate leader saying the MWSNBN would use “tariffs to solve HIV and climate change.”

– A person who is accountable and says I am sorry for a mistake is an exemplar for others to follow,

– The MWSNBN once again claimed he did not say something when a released audio recording said he did. What should have been a minor issue with a mea culpa, became a bigger one. This is not an isolated occurrence. “I am sorry” should not be so hard to say.

– A person who awakes and believe it will be a good day stands a better chance to have one than someone who believes the opposite.

– The MWSNBN awakes and tweets in a stream of consciousness. By the time he gets to work by mid-morning (per Bob Woodward’s book “Fear”), he tends to make his day worse not better. His biggest enemy is the one who looks back at him when he shaves.

– Our leaders should help us be better people. They should represent our better angels. Nelson Mandela, Warren Buffett, Paul O’Neill (retired CEO of Alcoa), Bill Russell (who won 14 NBA, NCAA and Olympic championships) are examples of great leaders. They made their organizations better.

– Great leaders do not tell 10,000 lies, do not bully people and think largely of themselves. A great leader deflects credit to others, while a bad one assumes credit even when it is not due, per a lesdership consultant.

Now, I am going to go do the dishes.



12 thoughts on “A few observations – big and small

  1. Note to Readers: Fresh off the press courtesy of The Guardian. The MWSNBN met with the Irish leader today and said their border problem with Brexit is like the US one with Mexico. Just the word border is used in both, the problem is the polar opposite – the Irish want an open border, while Trump wants a wall.

    The Irish leader is quoted in The Guardian to have interjected “that Ireland wished to avoid a border or a wall, a keystone of Irish government.” The article spoke of his obvious discomfort with the MWSNBN.

  2. I am still trying to decipher ‘MWSNBN’, and the best I can come up with is ‘male, white, sexist, nincompoop, bigoted nerd’. That said …

    I like your quotes … two of them especially stick in my mind: “A man will never be shot while doing dishes”, and “A person who awakes and believe it will be a good day stands a better chance to have one than someone who believes the opposite”. I find that when I wake in the morning, if I tell myself I’m so tired, it will drag me down all day, whereas if I say, “I’m gonna bounce out of this bed and get things done today!”, I usually have a much more energized, productive day.

    As for your final point … well, we know we haven’t got a ‘great’ leader, not even a ‘mediocre’ one, but rather the worst one we could have. Luck o’ the draw? No, I don’t think so. More like, dirty, dishonest election. Must do better next year.

    And to add a bit … two things I heard today that dropped my jaw: 1) he says climate change “works both ways”, and 2) he says that increasing military spending is his way of making up for not having fought in Vietnam. Seriously???

    • Jill, It stands for the Man Who Shall Not Named, a Harry Potter reference to Voldemort. I try hard to not refer to him as s leader, as he is not one, he just occupies the chair.

      His comment to Prince Chsrles that we have good climate in the US adding we are not big contributors to bad climate runs counter to data. His confusion abounds on the subject.

      Yet, while he behaved during his prepared words with his joint press conference with May, he could not help himself during the Q/A. May was rather adroit in the Q/A trying to make up for her oafish guest. It was embarassing to watch him denigrate two leaders, bolster an unpopular one, fail to realize what the NHS is as he stepped in it saying it should be included in trade talks. That is akin to the Brits asking Medicare be included in trade talks. Keith

      • Sometimes I tend to overthink things, yes? I should have seen that one right off, but no … I spent a good five minutes trying to figure what the letters stood for. 🙃

        His comment about the climate and the U.S. role in it is 180 degrees away from the truth, but then … when has he ever dabbled in truth?

        His comment on the NHS was the single worst faux pas he made during the entire trip, and that’s saying a lot, for there were too many to even count. Did you read our friend Roger’s post about it? https://ragingfromthelectern.wordpress.com/2019/06/04/the-black-flag-warning-strong-and-unpleasant-language/

      • Jill, apparently the US Ambassador had said the same thing three days earlier which was the reason the reporter asked the question. What is the old adage, “when you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Keith

  3. I often wonder what the world leaders talk about when trump leaves the room. He is so obviously ill informed and narcissistic. I imagine those who like the US, might roll their eyes and hope things change in 2020. Those that don’t like us see it as a great opportunity to do harm.

    • Janis, agreed. After Angela Merkel corrected him 11 times in one interview saying he could not do a deal with Germany and had to deal with the EU, she probably shook her head in disbelief.

      Our leaders do the same, even the GOP ones, from what I hear. They know the kind of person he is. A funny thing happened on the news tonight. A Mexican official was asked (after sharing his concerns that Trump had to sign off on a deal), if he trusted Trump. He smiled and said, “Let’s just say he has a different style of governing.” Keith

  4. Note to Readers: A lesson I have witnessed often is the more difficult you make it to work with you, people will find other resources. Challenging employees better be good at what they do or they may be shown the door or encouraged to leave. If a company makes it difficult to work with them, buyers from and sellers to the company, will seek other options.

    Here are a few real examples:
    – a company known for shopping for services annually ran out of bidders because the cost of doing business became too high (one company would just throw their RFP in the trash can). Sellers and buyers who promote relationships make more money in the long run.
    – when Master Service Agreements became commonplace, the attorneys in our HQ were as difficult to work with as some of our clients. We lost a $1 million sale on an idea we raised and the client loved because of our legal obstinance. The second bidder got the work on our idea.
    – An employee of ours could never be satisfied and complained often. After the tenth time she complained in my office about her last employer did better at something, I said to her “We are obviously not meeting your needs. You are doing good work, but why don’t you look elsewhere.” She did and left. What she did not know is we had a continual growth mindset, so we were always talking with people. Her replacement was the one of the best project managers I ever worked and she was a very congenial person and eventually an effective manager.

    A US farmer noted yesterday, we cannot just turn off the tariff spigot and start the pipeline again. His buyers have found other options. As a business person, I have noticed this president fails to appreciate what it takes to get things done. We have witnessed this repeatedly in rash mandates that have people (even his own) scurrying. That is poor leadership and worse management.

  5. ‘The MWSNBN’ Good title Keith, he would hate that! Ridiculous little freak of your voting system that he is.

    • Roger, he would indeed. The best thing we could do is ignore his tweets. By a significant majority, his tweets are untrue, so it would be more accurate. Or, every major communicatjon reported on, should include a parenthetical which indicates the level of truthfulness (MF = Mostly False, MT = Mostly True, POF = Pants on Fire, etc.). Keith

      • Agreed. I just responded to another comment of yours. Just look at his comparing the Irish border issue post-Brexit with the US-Mexico. Parenthetical might say “While both countries have border issues, Ireland wants to keep an open border with Northern Ireland while the president is looking to build a wall which is not the same thing.”

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