January 31, 2017 by Chris Kite
One of the primary arguments against Donald Trump becoming President, was that he did have the experience and temperament. Many were excited to vote for a “businessman” to run the country, but those of us that were concerned recognized that running the country is very much not like running a business.
Of course even if it were, you would want someone with a strong history of building robust and thriving businesses, not someone with a very high rate of failure. Failure in business is a setback Failure in government is catastrophic!
Our country is complex. There are many, many working parts. The people managing all those working parts need to be informed and things must be carefully planned out if you want things to run smoothly. As the ban on travel for citizens of seven Muslim countries was announced and the disaster that was the execution of the order unfolded, it was clear the order was not fully understood. There were parts that were not clear. And not everyone was in the loop and knew what was going on. Apparently President Trump did not think it important to involve the head of Homeland Security or the Secretary of Defense.
This is a good example of the Donald Trump’s incompetence and inability to run the country. He doesn’t understand that he cannot just make a proclamation and have it be so. He doesn’t understand the importance of getting feedback from those that have to execute his orders so that problems can be minimized. He doesn’t understand the need for everyone to be in the loop and to have time to ask questions and make sure they understand exactly what is going to happen.
We are in for some very difficult times as Donald Trump has already shown that he doesn’t like to spend time learning or listening. He thinks he knows better than those with far more experience and wisdom than him.
This was a disaster but it could have been worse. At least this time no one died. But it is easy to see how these types of execution problems are going to create major problems going forward.