In describing what working in the White House for Donald Trump is like Bob Woodward also provides an insight into managing upwards!
This week we are offering you a freegetAbstract book summary of Fear by Bob Woodward, who with fellow Washington Post journalist Carl Berstein exposed the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon. Woodard was played by Robert Redford in the film All the President’s Men.
Over a forty-seven-year career Woodward has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for the Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has also authored or co-authored eighteen books, all of which have been nonfiction bestsellers, including twelve number ones.
Fear is an even-handed account of President Trump’s White House, that draws on hundreds of hours of interviews with first hand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and how decisions are made in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence.
The picture that Woodward paints of working in the Whitehouse will not be a surprise to anyone who has even a passing interest in the media. Yet it remains shocking to read in detail how even senior staff are terrified to let the President make decisions. They avoid letting the President see sensitive documents so that he cannot thrust them into world attention in one of his infamous moments of capricious impulse.
Yet we must not conclude that President Trump is unique in his approach to management, you are very lucky if you don’t at some point in your career work for a manager who is popular with people from other departments but an incompetent bully to the people they work with.
You wonder how they were even employed let alone promoted to be your boss, as you end up doing their work for them whilst they take the credit and publicly blame you when their decisions go wrong.
The White House is the place that in theory at least the best of the best work. In recording their working lives Woodward provides some insight into how they deal with a manager who has characteristics that make have the potential to create problems.
In this getAbstract book summary you will learn:
- How Donald Trump’s top advisers keep him from rash decisions;
- How Trump treats key figures in his administration; and
- Why Trump is a powerful political force, despite his shortcomings.
You can down load the free getAbstract book summary of Fear by Bob Woodward from the Work Place Learning Centre.