It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing William Shakespeare MacBeth Donald Trump rode into the White House on a very specific persona, that of the “Most successful businessman of all time.” That persona, crafted by a dozen years starring on the annual Emmy dropout reality show “The Apprentice,” gave Trump universal name recognition, as well as the image of a steely eyed magnate, ready to make the tough calls. But that was preceded by a series of ghost written “autobiographies,” mostly full of self fellatio, pimping Trump’s own incredible business acumen. But as they say, no man is an island, not even a self made man who started out with nothing more than $1 million of Daddy’s sofa change. As any organization grows, in order to thrive it requires an entire staff of talented individuals who can make the vision of the boss a practical reality. So who are these highly skilled and talented individuals? While there have been relatively few higher echelon former organization executives, like Barbara Res, who have been willing to talk to the media, on the while they seem well grounded and competent. You get the feeling that you could take them to lunch without having them embarrass you in the restaurant. But it takes more than a small handful of people to run a successful, multi billion dollar operation, and the rest of them are lying fallow. Fortunately, when it comes to assessing Trump’s business acumen, and his skills in attracting and retaining top level talent, we have another venue to explore. That’s because for the last three years now, Trump has been in another extremely high level, high profile position, one that has required him to make many serious staffing choices to ensure the success of his “business.” Simply by taking the quality of the individuals that he has chosen to run this new enterprise, we can get, I believe, a fair idea of the quality level of his top level employees in his previous “day job.” The following list is not exhaustive, nor was it even seriously researched, it is basically what I could come up with just off the top of my head. But I think it’ll give us a pretty good idea. Remember, you’re going to take what you read below, and translate it into how this would play in a real world business setting. Trump had a press secretary that responded to crystal clear photographic evidence of inauguration crowd sizes by belligerently snarling that Trump’s inauguration crowd was the largest in recorded history. Period. And then storming off of the stage. How would this have played out in the media, and on Wall Street if a company chief media officer had pulled the same whit when talking about the company’s last quarterly earnings, which were pathetic to say the least. One of Trump’s closest personal advisers excused the outburst by stating that the individual had simply been presenting “alternative facts.” Gee, in a business setting does that mean that Trump didn’t really take a shave-and-a-haircut on that Panama City property, and require Russian mobsters sing it as a ruble laundromat to show a profit? The same adviser, allegedly a seasoned professional, was caught seemingly blissfully ignorant as to the meaning of The Hatch Act, prohibiting federal […]
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