Mainstream press portrays Trump’s process as a Chinese fire drill; they need to watch and learn!

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America has never seen a president with Donald Trump’s management style. Most people, both within the media and outside, have no idea how a truly effective chief executive officer gets things accomplished. We see evidence of the media’s business ignorance in their ain’t-it-awful stories over time about how CEOs are “grossly overpaid”. That’s because MSM reporters and news writers are voyeurs and not doers, and have zero inkling how valuable an expert CEO can be to the performance of a major enterprise.


The mainstream press is doing its best to portray Trump’s transition process as a Chinese fire drill, full of disorder and chaos. It serves their liberal agenda to undercut and delegitimize the Trump reign from day one.

But Trump is a skilled executive who understands how to run a complex, sprawling organization employing tens of thousands of employees. So, he’s no stranger to executive decisions as he takes the reins of power. Here is what he’s doing now, as President:

His first act in the first 100 days is setting the vision. He has done this for his overall administration, but the vision and work for each of his 35 or so departments must be individually crafted. Each cabinet-level unit and agency will have a written plan, including details, which sets forth a mission and goals and an outline of a process to reach the goals. Policies will be described, along with identifying old policies which will no longer apply. Personnel needs will be described, including the size of staff, the credentials required for higher-level staff, and which existing appointees and staff members will need to be replaced. Each cabinet-level plan will describe the nature of specific executive orders which will be needed for each department, including those where Congressional action will be required.

These written documents describe the plans for each cabinet position—15 total— and each “cabinet-level” position, approximately eight more. When these plans are accepted, they will be turned over to those who will execute them.

In several cases, the “culture” of executive agencies and departments within a cabinet position must be changed and missions re-tooled, and the department’s plan will describe such changes. Approximately 4,000 new employees will be appointed. It won’t always be easy to deal with an entrenched civil-service bureaucracy, sometimes called the “fourth branch of government”, which will resist change. Each department will see personnel changes. The people who create and structure the realigned departments will include think-tank experts and consultants who probably will not stay on to administer the department day-to-day after the first few months.

The key departmental managers will need to be chosen or be acceptable to Trump’s cabinet appointee or agency head, because any executive worth his or her salt will refuse to be saddled with people they don’t know or don’t want.

And Trump will not keep managers who turn out to lack skills or abilities. They will be replaced. Of course, the media will pounce on such developments as “proof” that Trump is a poor executive who creates chaos, makes unwise hiring decisions, and can’t keep good people. The media will ignore that a boss who retains poorly performing people in positions of power is a weak executive, as demonstrated consistently by Barack Obama.

ss mediaIt will take some time for Trump to set up his departments, staff them, and to begin to deliver on his promises. Look for the media to spring, claiming he is not living up to his word, that he is incompetent. Most of the media will call Trump’s management style “unfocused” and will refer to his attention to detail as “micro-managing”.

But it will be fun to watch how Trump and his people will turn the table on the liberal media. These are people who self-righteously prattle on about how their job is to hold the president accountable. Now they will see that this is a two-way street: As White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “We’re going to hold the press accountable as well.” Let’s see how press people like a dose of their own medicine.


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