It Is What It Is…God Help Us

By Linda Stockton 

What we should remember about President Elect Donald Trump is that he is not a politician. He never has been and, given his extreme political incorrectness, he never really will be. What he is, however, is a businessman. A dealer. A negotiator. A manager. An executive. This is a man who does have big picture ideas, if not the exact detailed knowledge of how to implement them. But that is what a CEO does.

From the Oct. 2016 edition of The Balance, by Susan M. Hatfield,

                                                 Responsibilities of a CEO

The responsibilities of a CEO include:

  1. Creating, communicating and implementing the organization’s vision, mission, and overall direction.
  2. Leading the development and implementation of the overall organization’s strategy.
  3. Leading, guiding, directing, and evaluating the work of other executive leaders including presidents, vice presidents, and directors, depending on the organization’s reporting structure.
  4. Soliciting advice and guidance, when appropriate, from a Board of Directors.
  5. Formulating and implementing the strategic plan that guides the direction of the business or organization.
  6. Overseeing the complete operation of an organization in accordance with the direction established in the strategic plans. This includes the design of the organization in a manner that facilitates and supports the operations.
  7. Evaluating the success of the organization in reaching its goals. Making sure that each strategic goal is measurable or that the outcomes can be described so graphically that an agreed upon picture is shared by the team.
  8. Maintaining awareness of both the external and internal competitive landscape, opportunities for expansion, customers, markets, new industry developments and standards, and so forth. Looking at potential acquisitions or the sale of the company under circumstances that will enhance shareholder value.
  9. Representing the organization for civic and professional association responsibilities and activities in the local community, the state, and at the national level. (Other senior leaders bear responsibility for these ventures as interested or assigned as well.)
  10. Demonstrating the leadership necessary to make the organization’s mission a success. This leadership includes providing leadership vision, leadership that attracts followers, and all other aspects of successful leadership.
  11. Holding the organization members responsible and accountable for carrying out all aspects of the CEOs role. The CEO has to work with people who are competent to attain each component of his or her job description.
  12. Additionally, the CEO must ensure that organizational leaders experience the consequences of their actions whether through reward and recognition or performance coaching and disciplinary actions.
  13. The organization’s CEO is a key player in whether and how well an organization will succeed. If they carry out these job responsibilities effectively, it will magnify the probability that their organization will experience success.

Now, before anyone starts sputtering “yeah, but Russia!” or “what about “The Wall”?” please, just try to focus in on what the point is here. The fact that Trump is a crass, loud-mouthed unsophisticated bully is not pertinent to the reality that he IS going to be our President for the next four years. He does not look at Russia as a political enemy or foreign power so much as business opportunity wherein he can expand American interests and enrich the U.S. through associations with Putin and the Kremlin. Hence his pick of Tillerson for SOS.

He does not see building a wall as a political means of controlling immigration but rather a way to prevent over-saturation of the workforce in an economy which is woefully unemployed. And also as a means of eventually reducing payroll for security, department etc.  This is the way a business man views things. This is what American voters wanted. A non-politician. This is what we got.

Now, we can certainly be the watchdogs for Mr. Trump and us most definitely need to be vigilant as he clearly is a little lacking in his understanding of basic civics and the tenets of our republic. You know, things like the Constitution and those pesky rights afforded to all Americans by our Divine Creator …and stuff. But, as far as his choices for his cabinet, many of which I personally think are terrible politically, I am choosing to believe that Trump’s business acumen and long experience of results based management, will prove to be beneficial for the country. I would like to think that he will hold his people accountable, as any tough manager would, for the tasks he expects them to perform.

The fact is that we have duly elected Mr. Trump for at least the next four years and we cannot stay stuck in denial about it if we are to move forward as a country. We have suffered enough over the last two years with vulgar language, email scandals, and voter fraud allegations. No…there is no dismissal of Russia’s tampering in our election…but there is also no proof or credible allegation that it tilted voting one way or another. And of course, that should, and I believe will be thoroughly investigated. But it will not change the election result.

I am choosing to look forward, to lean forward, and make the absolute best of what is possibly the worst intentional situation, politically, our country has ever been in.  Providing of course, that we are not inadvertently plunged headfirst into an unintended war by a careless statement…or vengeful tweet…or something.

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