Donald Trump and the CEO syndrome: bosses do not want bad news


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That President Trump does not like bad news is nothing new. However, the continuing news of his dislike of everything negative is thought-provoking: what happens when managing in Company show the same behavior?

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What happens if supervisors do not want to hear bad news?

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An article in the Washington Post on Trump's reaction to negative comparisons of the number of attendees at the presidential inauguration and that of his predecessor nicely captures the consequences of his hubris:

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"President Trump had returned to the White House on Saturday from his last inauguration event, a quiet prayer service, as the flashes of anger began to grow. Trump turned on the television to see a shrill juxtaposition - massive demonstrations around the globe protested against his presidency, and at the same time the footage revealed the small numbers of those present at his inauguration, with large white blank spaces in the street. And while his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was still unpacking boxes in his new, spacious West Wing office, Trump was increasingly visibly angry. "

The result, as we know, was a hastily called press conference, in which Spicer reiterated easily untruthful untruths about the size of the public in Trump's Inauguration, and severely reprimanded journalists. Thus Trump undermined his position in the media immediately and permanently.

What is the CEO syndrome?

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Even if this is an extreme example, leaders such as President Trump are by no means uncommon; they occur all the time with leaders of the top management level. I call the phenomenon "CEO Syndrome", the dangerous inclination of some executives will not be able to deal with bad news the impact on everyone who works for them, and ultimately to the health of their organizations.

Why is that a problem? Because bosses who can not deal with bad news are surrounded by people who isolate them or tell them what they want to hear. The vulnerabilities that arise are obvious and potentially serious to their organizations. When bad news is denied or does not come to the surface, crises are virtually inevitable. Issues that should have been raised and dealt with are suppressed until they explode into harmful "predictable surprises."

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The danger of not being able to deal with reality

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Beyond the perceived dangers of this kind of denial, superiors who can not deal with reality, deny their subordinates also the reality. In the process, these subordinates are completely dependent on the supervisor and need to support and defend something that others in the organization can demonstrably recognize as wrong. This Article from Tyler Cohen at Bloomberg brilliantly the effects of such a superior on the behavior of the subordinates.

"By requiring subordinates to speak falsehoods, a leader of subordinates can undermine his independent position, including his position in the public, the media, and other members of the administration. This makes these individuals more dependent on the leader and less susceptible to independent insurgency against the command structure. The promotion of such chains of lies is a classic tactic when a leader mistrusts his subordinates and expects to distrust them in the future. "

In this way, the dysfunction of executives "infects" the entire organization, again with potentially disastrous consequences.

No one is immune to the CEO syndrome

Overview

While in some cases these behaviors are simply part of the leader's core personality, no one, not even the best leader, is truly immune to the CEO syndrome. The position at the top of the organization goes hand in hand with the power to shape reality, at least until the walls collapse inside. It is the extraordinary leader who never succumbs to the temptation to isolate himself from the bad news, to isolate himself, or to let others tell him what he wants to hear in order to gain power. And it is the exceedingly brave (or reckless) subordinate who is truly willing and able to "speak truth to the Force".

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Particularly vulnerable are leaders who have been in the role for some time and are beginning to isolate themselves from criticism by surrounding themselves with people who are creating a calming echo chamber. So do not let this happen to you.

How to avoid the CEO syndrome?

Overview

  1. Create a culture where bad news comes quickly on the table. Like Colin Powell carries"Bad news is not wine; they do not get better with age. "This really means listening openly and grasping that things have gone wrong, not shooting the messenger and not telling the people who work with you," Bring me solutions, not problems. " (Plans yes, but not fully elaborated solutions, unless you want to slow down the flow of information). It also acts as a deterrent for people in the organization to hide important information.
  2. Create and use a diverse network of consultants. Do not build a clone team. Cultivate and listen when people are promoted with different perspectives. Read a lot and from many different sources. Get out into the world. Refuse to be isolated.
  3. Build dedicated units to scan the environment, develop and explore scenarios, and provide early warning. Do not let it be a bureaucratic exercise.

First and foremost, remember that the culture of your organization is yours Executive is powerfully shaped - for better or for worse.


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  1. Hans-Jürgen Schäfer's Profile

    Chr. Lindner is not the best example for me either. :-)
    I stand there rather on Mrs. Merkel as chancellor and SPD chairman. :-)
    But he did it right and I would recommend to many of us to think about such a step.
    It does not have to be the big goal, which is a flourishing company in 2 or 5 years. Even during a compulsory employment, a small business can be registered, without the pressure to have to create something every month.
    Once you have found the right idea, it starts to be fun and it does not feel like work.
    We at Netzwerk Arbeit eV have started like that and in the meantime something has developed quite a bit and we have already recruited staff and expect a further positive development.
    Even during unemployment, for example, a small job can make sense. Perhaps an employer who does not think of a job at the moment but who needs help at short notice can be found. And then one is fast at hand, provides the achievement and writes an invoice.
    What happens later on, you can see when the time has come.
    And the excuse that the expenditure with commercial application and the financial office is too large, which should not draw, if one can be rationally enlightened.

    • Simone Janson

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, power is seductive.

  2. Hans-Jürgen Schäfer's Profile

    Trump is in this position because he wanted to achieve something and a Rolex, another yacht or satisfied customers and employees would not have been enough to satisfy his need for satisfaction.
    He became president to have power. And his chaotic action shows that he can only do the job more or less well. The next goal could be to win over other countries.
    Our or my task is to be able to face a task that you have chosen yourself to be able to do something with it or with it.
    .........................
    "If you want to know the character of a person, give it power."
    Abraham Lincoln

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Mr. Schäfer,
      I agree with you - but it was due to the events of the coming week on this issue downright.

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