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Job (In)security US Style

2nd Aug 2017
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Scaramouche, scaramouche will you do the fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me…..

He's just a poor boy, from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity

The revolving doors of the White House just got even faster. Anthony Scaramucci may sound like an Anglo-Italian football manager, but even workers in that industry normally keep their jobs for more than 10 days.

To be fair, in his week and a half, Scaramucci pretty much lived up to the words of Bohemian Rhapsody, certainly frightening me and quite possibly any of those with whom he came into contact, including several influential figures who got sacked themselves.

It is worth reminding ourselves that almost half of those that chose to vote in the American presidential election at the end of last year believed that Donald Trump was a safe man to steer the rider of the free world.

The fact that he appeared to be racist, sexist, opinionated and completely unqualified for the job did not deter them.

It will be interesting to know whether events since his inauguration have in any way change their views or, for that matter, persuade others to dimple their chad in his direction for years hence.

Having just published the first couple in a series of articles about recruitment, it is easy to feel guilty. Had I managed to hit the metaphorical presses a couple of months earlier, perhaps Mr Trump might have spotted an AccountingWEB tweet and looked at some of the basic advice.

In particular, it is worth observing that accountants believe in taking care when recruiting key employees, avoid taking on noisy salesmen who cannot deliver and do their damnedest to make sure that every appointment is for the long term.

It seems that the US President attempts to, but every single one of these obvious maxims, changing his mind on a whim and now appointing a hatchetman to get rid of others prior to chopping off his own head.

In fact, if Mr Scaramucci can forgive the rather blatant stereotyping, activities in and around the White House of late remind me of the activities of another highly influential Italian-American, The Godfather. The only difference is that his method of ending colleagues’ careers was a little more drastic than those used by Washington’s political leaders, although that may only be a matter of time.

I hate to sound sanctimonious but at the moment, I would strongly recommend that subscribers use my articles as a template for recruiting and retaining staff to boost their businesses, rather than following the wacky behaviour of Donald J Trump. Then again, he is President of the United States and I am a mere accountant.

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