I wish Americans would quit treating the presidential election as a beauty pageant, and instead treat it as an interview for the most important and perhaps the most demanding position in the country.
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Overseeing a hotel empire is comparable to managing a fire or police department in a Detroit-like city. Hotels operate 24/7, 365 days a year and exist in near perpetual crisis. I grew up hearing about electricity or hot water suddenly going kaput, reservation systems gone awry, unions threatening picket lines, or health inspectors warning about closing restaurants while an awaiting mass transit strike meant that hotel workers could not show up for their jobs. Meanwhile, banks might threaten receivership unless a half-million mortgage payment was made by next Monday, but the money did not yet exist.
Then there are endless lawsuits, real and fake, along with employees filing grievance claims on everything from wrongful termination to racial discrimination. There were periodic missives from government taxing agencies and multiple other regulators concerning such things as reporting employee tips and overtime. No doubt, my father’s hotel empire helped dozens of lawyers pay their children’s college tuition and finance nice suburban homes. And to top it off, big-city hotels are incredibly multicultural with polyglot staffs whose cultures can conflict.
The upshot is that turning a profit requires a hard-headed “unpresidential” sometimes frantic management approach quite different from the style embraced by our political elites. Key decisions often had to be made on the spot, not shoved off for “further study.” Can you imagine President Obama personally overseeing a large downtown Chicago hotel with 250 poorly educated employees all the while trying to put 500 heads in beds 365 days a year against competitors fighting for the same clientele? He wouldn’t last a week.
Hotels are not a business for delicate egos and soft rhetoric. Indeed, the willingness to take huge financial risks and successfully browbeat tough opponents is a recipe for creating an industry dominated by super-sized egos or, to use Spanish slang, people with cojones. Nice guys harboring self-doubts or who are unwilling to stage temper-tantrums fall by the wayside. It's all Darwinian.
Leadership by necessity is highly personal. You cannot appoint a committee to investigate when a desperate 9 P.M. call from the front desk tells you that there’s no hot water and hundreds of guests are threatening to check out and are refusing to pay. You telephone the chief engineer and you command him, no ifs, ands, or buts, to haul his ass down to the boiler room and fix the problem. If he explains that he’s on vacation, or that the problem is not fixable, you fire him and contract his assistant and make him an offer he cannot refuse -- "fix the f…king water problem or join the unemployment line.” If that doesn’t work, find somebody who can solve the mess and don’t worry about being offensive.
This is a harsh decision-making style that requires zero justification and thus outwardly looks flippant or chaotic. One commands, not persuades. There are no benefits for a boss able to carefully articulate policy to enlighten curious outsiders. These explanations add nothing to the solution, waste time and only confuse employees accustomed to just taking orders. “Do it, since I said so, and I’m the boss” is enough. The metric for success is the outcome, not some long-winded public reasoning that assures the press corps that the boss knows what he is doing.
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Point is with all the red tape Trump has gone through to be super successful you don't get there by being "Presidential". It's not his management style. Had it been he would have failed.
He does not seem to understand that being a president is not the same as running a family owned business. You have to deal with 535 individual members of congress not to mention the courts. Then there's this pesky document called the constitution and all the law. Not to mention the states. Or our allies.
While I agree with some of his policies. I totally disagree with his style. Attacking everybody does not work really well. Kowtowing to Laura Ingraham does make a good president. Making policy by listening to Fox for 8 hours a day instead of actually reading the policy briefs does not make for great government.
The problem with this rationalization piece is that executive leadership is not always transferable to different verticals or specialities.
A cutthroat businessman from hotels or real estate would probably fail at managing industries where people skills and channel management are more highly prized (and vice versa). Companies used to operate on the premise that "good executives/managers are good executives/managers everywhere"--but that line of thinking has been dead in the business world for some time.
No different from saying an elite NBA basketball player would instantly be able to make an NFL roster as a TE or WR because of the commonality of being good at catching the ball and being able to jump high: some examples of players being able to switch over, but it's rare.
I like most of Trump's policies.
As a person, I really don’t know the guy but from what I can see, he is not my cup of tea.
But on a strictly policy basis, how the media can totally vilify Trump and give Obama and Clinton passes is beyond me.
And to keep the Government shut down over $5 Bil in a $3.6 Trillion budget is beyond me.