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Kara Alaimo

Maybe Berating Your Employees Isn't So Smart

Why execs should do the opposite of what Donald Trump does: part one in a million-part series.
If you don't have anything nice to say ...

If you don't have anything nice to say ...

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President Donald Trump is famous for his insults, so perhaps his habit of attacking subordinates should come as no surprise. He criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions three days in a row last week, calling him “very weak,” blasting his conduct in the Russia investigation, and slamming him for not firing acting FBI director Andrew McCabe -- who Trump also attacked, insinuating that he was corrupt. Trump also referred to the investigation into his firing of the previous FBI director as a “witch hunt” led by some “very bad and conflicted people,” in an apparent dig at deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

Maybe there’s some hidden logic to Trump’s actions. But it’s almost never a good idea for a leader to publicly criticize his or her employees.