Leaders like Trump fail if they cannot speak the truth and earn trust : The Conversation

The absence of trust in a nation’s leader and government jeopardizes an effective response to a health crisis. It also creates a political crisis, a loss of faith in democracy.

Source: Leaders like Trump fail if they cannot speak the truth and earn trust : The Conversation

Butler corrects Starmer publicly on destruction of slaver Colson’s statue – SKWAWKBOX

Starmer had said toppling of statue was ‘completely wrong’. Black MP Dawn Butler corrects him Labour’s Brent MP Dawn Butler Black Labour MP Dawn Butler has bravely gone on the pub…

Source: Butler corrects Starmer publicly on destruction of slaver Colson’s statue – SKWAWKBOX

Michael Cohen’s testimony on Trump business reveals conduct that’s widespread in corporate America : The Conversation 

The Trump Organization, Donald Trump’s private, family-run business, is well known to have operated at the fringes of what’s legal. Trump got his start in the rough-and-tumble atmosphere of New York City real estate development, after all.

And so, as someone who pays close attention to how businesses operate, I was glued to the Feb. 27 testimony of former Trump “fixer” and personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who also served as an executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

While I learned little that was new, the testimony was still troubling – but not for what it said about the Trump Organization.

Rather, what I found most noteworthy is how the conduct attributed to Trump the businessman, however extreme, actually reflects actions and attitudes that are widespread within corporate America generally.

Putting leaders on a pedestal

It is well known that Trump runs his enterprises – both business and governmental – on loyalty, rather than, say, competence or performance.

What Cohen highlighted was just how debilitating, even destructive, the lionization of individual leaders and expectation of loyalty can be, whether we’re talking about Trump, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg or Apple’s Steve Jobs.

Cohen said he was “mesmerized” by Trump, calling him a “giant” and an “icon.” Being around Trump was “intoxicating,” he said, and “everyone’s job at the Trump organization was to protect Mr. Trump.”

Cohen’s testimony revealed just how blinding that commitment to a mesmerizing individual became, leading him to replace judgment with worship. Cohen admitted both to lying to Congress and to falsifying campaign finance reports in the name of standing by his boss.

Cohen’s description may seem startling. But to someone who has extensively studied leadership in business organizations, I recognize an unfortunate pattern that dominates corporate America.

Corporations all too often fall into the trap of romanticizing leaders, often to the detriment of performance. By placing their own role front and center, CEOs enhance their self-esteem and justify their power and prodigious financial rewards.



Source: Michael Cohen’s testimony on Trump business reveals conduct that’s widespread in corporate America : The Conversation

Thousands of mental health professionals agree with Woodward and the New York Times op-ed author: Trump is dangerous : The Conversation

Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear,” describes a “nervous breakdown of Trump’s presidency.” Earlier this year, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” offered a similar portrayal.

Now, an op-ed in The New York Times by an anonymous “senior White House official” describes how deeply the troubles in this administration run and what effort is required to protect the nation.

None of this is a surprise to those of us who, 18 months ago, put together our own public service book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.”

My focus as the volume’s editor was on Trump’s dangerousness because of my area of expertise in violence prevention. Approaching violence as a public health issue, I have consulted with governments and international organizations, in addition to 20 years of engaging in the individual assessment and treatment of violent offenders.

The book proceeded from an ethics conference I held at Yale, my home institution. At that meeting, my psychiatrist colleagues and I discussed balancing two essential duties of our profession. First is the duty to speak responsibly about public officials, especially as outlined in “the Goldwater rule,” which requires that we refrain from diagnosing without a personal examination and without authorization. Second is our responsibility to protect public health and safety, or our “duty to warn” in cases of danger, which usually supersedes other rules.

Our conclusion was overwhelmingly that our responsibility to society and its safety, as outlined in our ethical guidelines, overrode any etiquette owed to a public figure. That decision led to the collection of essays in the book, which includes some of the most prominent thinkers of the field including Robert J. Lifton, Judith Herman, Philip Zimbardo and two dozen others. That decision was controversial among some members of our field.

We already know a great deal about Trump’s mental state based on the voluminous information he has given through his tweets and his responses to real situations in real time. Now, this week’s credible reports support the concerns we articulated in the book beyond any doubt.

These reports are also consistent with the account I received from two White House staff members who called me in October 2017 because the president was behaving in a manner that “scared” them, and they believed he was “unraveling”. They were calling because of the book I edited.

Once I confirmed that they did not perceive the situation as an imminent danger, I referred them to the emergency room, in order not to be bound by confidentiality rules that would apply if I engaged with them as a treating physician. That would have compromised my role of educating the public.


Source: Thousands of mental health professionals agree with Woodward and the New York Times op-ed author: Trump is dangerous : The Conversation

Jeremy Corbyn has been on the right side of history for 30 years. That’s real leadership | Ronan Bennett | Opinion | The Guardian

Everything is a matter of opinion and while I may agree with Corbyn on nuclear weapons and the conflicts with Iraq, Syria and Libya, there are many others I do not.

With regards to wars or conflicts it would appear that Corbyn is against any of these where the UK or America is involved for he appeared to support the IRA, Hamas, Palestinians, Saddam, etc.

If he was around in the times of Hitler I do wonder who’s side he would have been on for he has been associated with holocaust denier’s, strange by how his associations do appear to conflict with his stated views.

He also appears to have been always at odds with any Labour leader during his 30 years in Parliament, but expects total allegiance from all in the current Labour Party, that is if he agrees with his ardent supporters, which he appears to do as he is not admonishing them.


The damning verdict on David Cameron’s war in Libya further vindicates the Labour party’s ‘worst leader ever’

Source: Jeremy Corbyn has been on the right side of history for 30 years. That’s real leadership | Ronan Bennett | Opinion | The Guardian

Kinder, gentler #Corbyn4All “fuck you, scab scab scab” politics in Bristol #WeAreHisMedia #R4Today

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

One minute she was told she was a shadow minister, then she was told she wasn’t. Then she was again – until she resigned. The Bristol West MP, who is recovering from cancer, explains why she went public about the fiasco and Corbyn’s Labour leadership

It is a truism that the political landscape is shifting at unprecedented speed, but in the case of one MP first elected in May 2015, the past 14 months have been outlandishly surreal. The earliest indication of how much has changed comes when I cannot even find her.

The address is an office block in Bristol, but I search the building in vain for any clue as to the whereabouts of the constituency HQ. After a while, an aide finds me wandering about and steers me through an unmarked door to meet the smiley but apologetic MP. This is due to security advice following Jo…

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@UKLabour MP explains in detail why #Corbyn4All not competent to lead the Labour Party

I believe this to be true, a leader has to be a team player, if not he is not a leader, just an individual.

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

On 14th September 2015 Lilian Greenwood, Labour Member of Parliament for Nottingham South, was appointed to the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Transport:

Last Thursday I met with Nottingham South Labour Party members to explain my recent decision to resign from Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet.

Most members weren’t able to attend that meeting and many constituents have also been in touch to ask me to explain why I felt it necessary to resign.

With this in mind I thought it would be helpful to reproduce my speech here:

Thank you Chair and thank you all for coming to this evening’s meeting.

I want to talk tonight about the Referendum, and what followed.

But before I turn to the events of the last few weeks or months, I’d like to begin by looking at what we’ve achieved together.

8 years ago I stood in front of the members of…

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The Case Against #Corbyn4All from a @UKLabour MP who took a seat off the Tories in 2015

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

Dear friend,

It’s been a tumultuous period for our country and our party too. I want to write to you directly at this crucial time about some of these issues and also explain why I supported the motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn last week. I’m sorry this is a long note but I want you to have a full account.

Firstly though, can I thank you all for the extraordinary kindness that was shown in the period following the murder of Jo Cox. Jo was a friend and many of you were very kindly in touch to offer condolences and to express your own shock. When the time is right I will be in touch with Brendon, Jo’s husband, on behalf of us all here in Hove and Portslade to offer our thoughts and support.

The referendum result has also left me numb. I’ve been an aid worker…

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