I have noted before that the most ardent of folks would not work for the kind of person who they hold in high esteem. Let’s entertain a few questions.
Would you work for the kind of person….
who takes credit for anything good that happened in the business, even if it was the result of a team effort?
who would do the same, even if it was due to circumstances outside his control?
who would blame other people or entities for failures, even if the boss had a heavy hand in causing such failure?
who would do the same, even if the failure was outside his control?
who is so short of attention span, efforts to brief him have to include pictures?
who is so mercurial and blows up at people, that staff walks on egg shells around him?
who tends to change decisions based on who got to him last?
who routinely calls people losers, idiots, stupid, et al who dare ask him tough questions?
who berates people who study an issue when their more learned conclusions run counter to a narrative, even if he decided it on a whim?
who does not respect relationships and views every partner through a win/ lose binary lens?
who can be easily swayed when buttered up, especially when he does not know the history or context?
who does not appreciate or take the time to strategize and plan execution of changes, nor communicate them very well?
who makes staff chase their tail to prove an inane comment he made is less inane?
who pits people against each other to promote adversarial behavior?
And, who has a very hard time with the truth?
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and reporter Bob Woodward helped capture the answers to these questions in his book “Fear” after 750 hours of interviews with White House staff. The title “Fear” is based on an interview Trump gave that said he manages by fear. He bullies people into acquiescing to his whims.
The answer to the above questions is not for very long. It should be noted no other White House has had this much turnover and this many open positions. We are at more risk than ever before because of such and further because those who remain are less experienced than those who departed.