Quora Digest this morning had a questions about corporate culture that is worth reading:
"Trump supporters generally say they don't care what sort of a person Trump is, and many readily admit he's not a good person. Have people ever had that attitude in regard to a president before? That character, honesty, integrity, don't matter at all?"
Here's the answer:
Something I have learned from years of survival in the corporate world: There’s a simple rule in organizations:
The character of the top manager of the company is the character of the company itself.
This means, if the CEO is a lying, low-life bastard, he telegraphs that message to his underlings, or he hires people who like that sort of boss or at least have figured out how to survive in a toxic environment. Those managers then repeat the process by hiring people who like that sort of thing or learn to survive in the toxic environment. And those managers hire more of the same. When you get to the shop floor, you can look up and see a hopelessly toxic corporate culture that’s acid to the human soul. Those that can stand the acid, trudge through in hopes of money or power. Those that can’t, join the revolving door of employees leaving. (Yes, I’ve worked in just such an environment and I’m not there anymore)
On the other hand, if the CEO is a caring, thoughtful individual who really does want to make the business a great place to live, they telegraph that message to their underlings and hire people who share that value. They, in turn, telegraph and hire people like that as well. The environment is softer and gentler. There’s less political in fighting and more consensus building. People at the lowest levels look up and see this and want to join in. The company pulls together like a mule team to get the job done. Employees stay for years even if the pay isn’t as high as at other places. (Yes, I’ve worked at such a company. They had to lay me off during a down turn to get rid of me otherwise I’d still be there).
This works with any organization, including nonprofits and governmental units. The President is the CEO of the Company of USA. If he’s telegraphing hate and divisiveness, he’s going to surround himself with the type of people who thrive in such an atmosphere. They then surround themselves with more such people, and so on. The corrosion eats through the entire structure. Those that can stand it, duck, hide and wait for the guard to change so they can come out of their holes, or they quit. This is what we’re seeing with the federal government right now.
Love them or hate them, love or hate their policies, but Bush II and Obama did appear to create atmospheres of inclusiveness that made people want to work for them. They didn’t suffer nearly the turnover that Trump is suffering from. The divisiveness didn’t permeate the government and spill out into our culture as a whole. With Trump, his heavy-handed style is causing constant turmoil in government, people are quitting in droves, and the divisiveness on which he thrives is radiating out in circles from the White House.
So, yes. Character really does matter. No matter what organization you’re leading. It’s going to go where you lead it.
Are you leading it to Heaven or Hell?
Only you can decide.
So, how does Trump stack up?
The most recent analysis that I could find is from NBC news in September of 2019. At that point, turnover was "off the charts".
The top echelon of the Trump administration has become a high-speed revolving door — with turnover in 78 percent of the positions, a new study has found.
And 31 percent of those White House "A-Team" jobs have turned over more than once, the study by the Brookings Institution shows.
"It's historic, it's unprecedented, it's off the charts," the study's author, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, told NBC News. "I've never seen this kind of turnover before."
In just 32 months, President Donald Trump's rate of change has surpassed "all of his predecessors who served four-year terms," she said.
The report focuses on the top 65 positions in the Executive Office of the President, which includes jobs like national security adviser, chief of staff, communications director, press secretary and director of national intelligence.
The study found 51 of the 65 positions have turned over since Trump took office.
Sixteen of those positions have turned over twice — or more, the study found.