One of the most basic rules of business that is taught in introductory classes in Business Management schools is, “The most successful Business Managers are the managers that are always trying to hire their replacements”. The initial response to a college professor telling students this is always one of the following:
- A look of obvious dismay on the students face, followed by the question, “If I do that will I not always have to worry about them trying to get me fired so they can get my job”?
- A brief thoughtful expression on the students face, followed by an observation, “That makes sense because they will be constantly working to get ME promoted so they can be promoted”.
I still have clear memories of the college professor who explained the “rule” to my entry level Business Management class, and watching the other students in my class react to it. During my entire professional career in Manager and Senior Executive Positions I saw many managers whose management philosophy was clearly described by “reaction” number 1 or number 2 above. I never saw a case where a manager whose management philosophy was described by reaction number 2 who was not successful. Nor did I ever see a manager whose management philosophy was described as reaction number 1 who did not fail miserably while they were in a manager position.
When you think about these two business philosophies, “reaction” number 1 or 2, you will notice there is a simple way to describe successful business managers versus looser business managers. Successful business managers are totally driven to succeed while looser managers are obsessed with protecting their job.
How does this article’s introduction apply to President Trump and Obama? If you look at the two men as a whole, their training and education, their business and people skills, and their work ethic, it is undeniable that President Trump is a textbook “reaction” number 2 manager and Obama is a textbook “reaction” number 1 manager.
President Trump worked to educate himself and build a lifelong resume of business successes. His work ethic is remarkable. He regularly works 18 hours a day, and most of the time seven days a week. Even when he is not “officially” working he is still thinking about work and working at some level. He is constantly evaluating the people around him, listening to them, talking to them, advising them and empowering them. He is totally “success oriented”. He is a text book business professional, over achiever and American Patriot.
Obama’s education and work history was all “me focused”. None of it required any management skills or contributed to the development of any management skills. He is arrogant and self-centered. He has a terrible work ethic, he is lazy. When he was President he preferred to avoid hard decisions and have dinner with the family every day that he was not in “campaign mode”. He cannot be counted on to tell the truth when it does not fit his immediate agenda. He is an absolute text book example of “reaction” number 1. He is totally “me” driven versus being “success” driven. And he clearly dislikes America as it is today.
There have been endless books and articles written about these two men. Here is a small sample of both men’s past actions that confirm that President Trump is a “reaction” number 2 manager and Obama is a “reaction” number 1 manager:
Graduated from a prestigious business college.
Spent a lifetime building one of the most successful, international construction, property ownership and property management businesses in the world.
Works at surrounding himself with the most qualified and successful people in the business world.
Empowers people who report to him to make decisions and carry out all duties they are authorized to do to maximize the performance of their assigned departments or agencies. Rex Tillerson’s, Jeff Session’s’ and John Kelly’s recent actions on the world stage are perfect examples of President Trump’s “reaction” number 2 business philosophy. Rex Tillerson actually stood in the Korean DMZ and quietly but very firmly stated America’s policy on international relations and keeping America safe.
Opened a very successful dialogue with China’s President regarding Korea and China being a better business partner with the U.S. Not only is the Chinese President taking action to help us with the North Korea crisis, he is communicating with President Trump and other top level Chinese officials are communicating with U.S. officials.
Had his college and law school records sealed, but from what has become public he was not an outstanding student. Nor did he complete courses or engage in any activities that helped him be qualified to do anything other than be a community organizer or “second rate” lawyer.
After law school he spent his time writing a self- aggrandizing book while “pretending to be a law school professor”, working as a “community organizer” and then making his first political move which was finagling a seat in the Illinois State Legislator.
As President he worked at surrounding himself with the most unqualified, ideological, sycophants imaginable. Van Jones is a perfect example of the people Obama surrounded himself with. Jones was a declared Socialist, “9/11 Truther, has a criminal record and had absolutely no qualifications to be Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar”.
Made sure that no one who worked for him at any level would dare deviate from the Obama “current public policy” on any issue.
Mismanaged America’s international relations so badly that no other country trusted us, respected us or feared us while he was President.
During his eight years in office Obama was the perfect person for the hard Left Democratic Party to use to solidify their unnegotiable goal to destroy America and make it part of the “One World Order”.
We have only 18 months until the 2018 midterm elections, but I am cautiously optimistic that President Trump with his staff and Cabinet Secretaries (when he finally gets all of them approved by the Senate), can fix many of the problems in America and insure that America will be a strong Constitutional Republic for many years to come. However, he still needs the support of every Patriotic American who stood up in November 2016 and said, “no more”. We cannot sit down and become silent if we want to keep the America we love and want today’s youth to have the privilege to grow up in it, live in it and pass it on to their children.
Author’s note: I have researched, written and posted detailed articles about everything I have touched on here and more. You can find them all here on this website.