Saturday, February 4, 2017

Quotes of the day: On presidential mismanagement writ large

These quotes are from a NY Times article on Trumpian monumental [mis]management, Case Study in Chaos: How Management Experts Grade a Trump White House. (h/t Michele Manos)

The unanimous verdict: Thus far, the Trump administration is a textbook case of how not to run a complex organization like the executive branch.

Check out the NY Times article for contrasts between Trump chaos and modern management practices.

“This is so basic, it’s covered in the introduction to the M.B.A. program that all our students take,” said Lindred Greer, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. By all outward indications, Mr. Trump “desperately needs to take the course,” she said.

Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor of organizational behavior at Stanford and the author of “Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t,” said Mr. Trump’s executive actions as president “are so far from any responsible management approach” that they all but defy analysis.

“Of course, this isn’t new,” he told me. “His campaign also violated every prudent management principle. Everyone including our friends on Wall Street somehow believed that once he was president he’d change. I don’t understand that logic.”

If this were the private sector, “someone would be fired,” Ms. Greer said.

That seems highly unlikely, since Mr. Trump has not even acknowledged a problem, instead blaming the media for an impression of upheaval in the White House.

That is a fundamental problem, Mr. Pfeffer said. “No good business makes decisions that are based on falsehoods,” he said. “My sense is that Trump takes no one’s counsel but his own. That’s bad management, period.”

Here’s a scary for you. Imagine Trump’s chaotic [mis]management in the Cuban missile crisis. Every management thing that JFK did, Trump does not.

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