First it was FBI Director James Comey who was fired. More recently, it's been Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, VA Secretary David Shulkin, and the many others in between. While Trump's administration is always changing with new people being brought in and out of his lineup all the time, Trump's hiring philosophy has actually been one of the few constants that have remained the same throughout his presidency.
In many ways this makes a whole lot of sense. Donald Trump may be new to the presidency, but he's not new to being in charge of making hiring decisions. In fact, he's probably hired more people than any president before him. So now that he's sat on the throne for more than a year, let's take a deeper look at what hiring strategies our president uses, and whether there might be any method to the madness he's inflicted on Washington.
1. He loves hiring yes-men.
Remember what Donald Trump said to head of the FBI, James Comey, before he fired him?
"I need loyalty, I expect loyalty."
As an entrepreneur, loyalty is obviously something essential to have. At the same time though, too much loyalty and you'll find yourself surrounded by yes-men with no new ideas or thoughts of their own on how to potentially advance your business.
While loyalty is nice, it's not actually a quality you should be hiring for. Instead, loyalty is something you should constantly be trying to earn - just like how we don't "demand respect" but rather earn it. Just turn to none other than our president to grasp this idea. Even though Trump demands loyalty more so than perhaps any other president in history, he's also a president who ironically receives little to no loyalty at all.
2. He loves hiring family and friends.
Remember when Donald Trump said his family wouldn't get involved with his presidency? Well, here we are. Ivanka Trump is an "adviser" to Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump seem to sneak their way into every meeting, and then there's the son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the White House Innovations Director in charge of overhauling the government, handling the dispute with Mexico over the border wall, and creating peace in the Middle East.
Donald Trump may be taking things to the extreme here, but family and friends get lumped into business affairs all the time. While there have been many successful entrepreneurs like the Koch brothers who are living proof that family members can be coworkers too, I've personally found that this is usually a recipe for disaster. Why? Because recruitment is about finding the best of the best for the job. Sheer probability tells us that our friends and family members aren't going to coincidentally be the ideal choices out there. I mean, look no further than Trump's own administration. Of all the people in the world, is young Jared Kushner, someone with no political experience at all, really the best possible man for the Mission Impossible role that he's been assigned?
3. He hires quick and fires even quicker.
Should we really be surprised with how frequently Trump is firing his appointees? Before his run at the presidency, Trump was so well-known for his infamous line "You're Fired!" from The Apprentice series that the phrase might as well be trademarked.
While Trump's staff turnover is outlandishly high and by far the highest of any president in decades, his core hiring strategy of "if you can't get the job done, I can always find someone else to do it" is actually not uncommon.
But does it work? Should new businesses actually use it? Well you might be surprised to hear this, but the answer is: Yes! - at least in some cases.
In Donald Trump's case, as the President of the United States, obviously this "hire quick, fire quicker" strategy is bound for disaster and shouldn't be used when appointing some of the most important positions within our government.
However, when it comes to your small business, don't be too hasty to write this strategy off. Despite the bad rep Trump's recently given it, the "hire quick, fire quicker" strategy has many real advantages when used in the right situations. For instance, if a company is debating whether or not it's worth taking on an assignment that would require hiring someone new, many companies with a "hire slow but get it right" philosophy simply won't bother with the project at all. However, more savvy companies that are able to utilize a "hire quick and fire quicker" strategy in situations like these will more often find themselves taking the initiative and potentially growing their business as a result.
Whether or not you agree with who Trump has put into his administration, he does stand by his principles when it comes to hiring, and there's a lot to learn from his approach.