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Imma boss…

Posted on: May 26, 2017

If you are reading this, it means we have made it to Friday once again. I’m writing this early Thursday morning since I am attending a wedding this weekend. It is a road trip wedding to a city where no one, namely the bride, groom, parents, grandparents, friends, and most importantly, your dutiful correspondent, has any connection. Pretty much like going to Ft. Lauderdale to experience Disney World because someone thought that would be fun. So go figure.

Since the news changes every fifteen minutes, taking a stab at a particular subject is like Powerball – you can’t win if you don’t play. Here’s my entry for your consideration on this fine Friday.

How many times have you heard some chattering moron, with an air of arrogance and all-knowing cocksureness, say “Yes, the President is unconventional in his approach to leadership, but he seems to be a transactional leader?”

If you are a student of leadership, to hear someone mutter such drivel is slightly more annoying than chewing a mouthful of aluminum foil. Here’s why. At its base, transactional leadership is grounded in Maslow’s hierarchy. Transactionalism is about meting out reward and punishment. Without getting too scientific, forward-thinking higher intellect of mission, belief, morality, and strategically planning for the future play no part in transactional leadership.

Probably you have known a transactional leader. How can you tell? He or she was a terrible boss or manager. Everything was related to immediate results. Most likely, these people treated you shabbily. Often you were quickly reminded, “You can be replaced. There are others just waiting for your job. Do as I say or someone else will be cashing your check.”

People who engage in transationalism have a punitive nature. Perhaps they would even blow up insurance markets to spite people.

Here’s the real rub – transactionalism only works when there are people picking up what you are laying down. It only works when people are buying what you are selling. It only works in a controlled environment. Most importantly, it is not built to last. At best, it is temporal. At worst, it is a gossamer sham.

Why is this important? Let’s take foreign relations for instance. We have spent well over a Trillion Dollars to convince the Arab world we have good motives after our adventurism. That is until the Saudis decided they wanted to purchase better weapons with which to kill their enemies, both foreign and domestic. Virtually overnight, we switched our foreign policy from even-handedness to loving Sunnis something fierce even though Isis is the same theocratic form of Wahhabism.

As Americans we are rarely exposed to the realities of life abroad. Most of the world live in a transactional existence. Bribes are a cost of doing business. Yesterday doesn’t matter and tomorrow may not come meaning only today counts. Courtesy of the ambulatory orange phlegm, we join the roster of countries where values are assessed and have a price.

Anecdotally, my experience with transactional leaders is very straightforward. Transactional leaders never succeed in the long-term. Take any measurement – employee satisfaction, economic performance, shareholder value, new product rollouts – tranactionalism never succeeds long-term.

Literally, transactional leadership is, “I’m the boss of you,” — a misconception we need to remedy with an ample dose of impeachment.

What’s on your mind today?



58 Responses to "Imma boss…"

Haven’t read yet! Will be back later!

Watch this bananas video from Israel visit.

New (and first full length) profile of HRC since the election. People are flipping out over it. From a bunch of excerpts I’ve read, Hillary lobs a few excellent hand-grenades.

Hillary: “I don’t think anger’s a strategy”
Traister: But Bernie & Trump both capitalized on anger
Hillary: “Yes, and I beat both of them”

And Hillary confirms she heard Dubya say: “That was some weird shit” after Dump’s inauguration.

@2, DYB, and in any other civilized country, as we damn well know, she would be POTUS. The Electoral College scheme makes it much easier for our voting system to be screwed with. Which is why the Rs will continue fighting tooth and nail — and bodyslams — to keep it.

Good post Prolix. I would guess that all of the tRump clan live in a transactional world.

Hope the wedding goes well in that distant city, that none of you have a connection to.

Pence makes my skin crawl:

@8: Hate to say it but I don’t think he’s entirely wrong Luna.
They are covered under the U.C.M.J.

Oh, it’s not the limitations — it’s the lack of mention that the Constitution should come first.

@10: Ohhh. gotcha.

@12: Good grief, can we catch a break from any of this crap?

Fredster, we’ll only catch a break when the whole Trump admin and family are locked away. With all the shit that’s been out there since ! early ! December ! at this rate it’ll be a while. Hope the IC speeds up.

@14: Sigh. Just a break for one…lousy…weekend.

Archaeologists Uncover Last Human To Die Happy

DEMBECHA, ETHIOPIA—In a startling find that contributes significantly to the understanding of modern man’s evolutionary development, University of Edinburgh archaeologists working in Ethiopia’s Afar Region announced Wednesday that they have uncovered the preserved remains of the last human to die happy.

According to the researchers, carbon dating concluded that the fossilized skeleton is that of a Paleolithic man—nicknamed “Felix” by the team of scientists responsible for the find—who died perfectly contented and unencumbered by regret roughly 30,000 years ago.
Additionally, forensic odontology tests revealed that the man had never grinded his teeth, stunning scientists who had until now accepted that this behavior had become ubiquitous at roughly the same time humans developed abstract thought and the capacity to project into the future.

This new Kushner story is bananas! It’s literally every day! And they drop all this info at about 5pm. Everybody awaits 5pm with baited breath. Why not let us see it earlier in the day so we have all day to discuss it?!

Predictably some people are unhappy with Hillary’s speech and New Yorker profile. And it’s all the usual suspects, including Haberman and Baro.

Also, apparently MSNBC mentioned speaking to some people in Montana who said they refused to vote for Quist because he was backed by Bernie. Super duper white working class Montana and Bernie was a reason people wouldn’t vote for his candidate. Who, incidentally, refused DNC and Perez’ offer to help! So he was outspent by millions (mostly PAC money) and Bernie campaigned for him and turned voters off. It’s interesting that MSNBC actually talked about that!

@16 Haha! And he will remain the last human to die happy for a very long time to come.

Oh Reuters has a late story filling in some blanks. There were even MORE chats between Kushner and Kislyak, all of which Kushner forgot about. Kushner’s lawyer released a statement in response to Reuters saying Kush doesn’t remember the calls and they want Reuters to provide them with exact dates to job his memory, and that Reuters has failed to do so (so, you know, it’s Reuters’ fault.)

@17,19,20: Arrrghh!!!!!

@2: I was profoundly sad after reading that NYMag article.

We will never have another chance to have her as President and I hate it. And especially considering what we got instead.

@24, I haven’t even listened to her Wellesley speech yet because I can’t take any exacerbation of feeling robbed. (Still feel robbed, though.)

Whoa! Are they just stupid, or even more deeply traitorous?

Prolix, great post on transactionalism. Seems in history and to the present day, these land owners, kings, rulers, leaders…have always had the money/power to rule over others lives.

Take the loser/cheater that sleeps in the king’s bed in our Whitehouse. He has been raised as a future king by his rich daddy. Didn’t learn anything about what it takes to be a good person, only how to profit and control others. Back slapping, pushing, lies, cheats, steals and screws everyone he can, but most of all, anyone that doesn’t look up to him in fear.

He hated Hillary because she didn’t cower to him, like all the other candidates did, even the media and Obama and Congress. Hillary stood up to him, like she did to Putin…and nothing makes these self appointed gods more angry than when a woman outshines him and points out his flaws and shortcomings.

Hillary makes him see what a creep he is, she can’t be bought, she will not stay down when she is kicked and stolen from. She takes the high road and he ends up back in the gutter.

What a little, selfish, pathetic man he is.

2 | DYB
May 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm

That was an interesting article, a few digs at her…but mainly good. I read through it until I saw the photo of Hillary sitting alone at her desk in mid-town. I felt a wave of sadness come over me, and I wasn’t able to finish the article.

I HATE when people say that no matter what proof comes forward that the election was stolen from her…there is no way the damage can be reversed by putting her into the Whitehouse.

Nothing effin’ make sense to me.

14 | NW Luna
May 26, 2017 at 7:58 pm
Fredster, we’ll only catch a break when the whole Trump admin and family are locked away. With all the shit that’s been out there since ! early ! December ! at this rate it’ll be a while. Hope the IC speeds up.

I couldn’t agree more!

25 | NW Luna

@24, I haven’t even listened to her Wellesley speech yet because I can’t take any exacerbation of feeling robbed.

I’m in the same boat. I can’t watch it yet either.

The Kushner/back channel reporting has obliterated what CNN was reporting earlier today. If true, Comey’s got some more ‘splaining to do. He felt it didn’t matter if the information was inaccurate – yet he acted on it.

Then-FBI Director James Comey knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email was fake — created by Russian intelligence — but he feared that if it became public it would undermine the probe and the Justice Department itself, according to multiple officials with knowledge of the process.

As a result, Comey acted unilaterally last summer to publicly declare the investigation over — without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch — while at the same time stating that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information. His press conference caused a firestorm of controversy and drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.

Comey’s actions based on what he knew was Russian disinformation offer a stark example of the way Russian interference impacted the decisions of the highest-level US officials during the 2016 campaign.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that this Russian intelligence was unreliable. US officials now tell CNN that Comey and FBI officials actually knew early on that this intelligence was indeed false.

In classified sessions with members of Congress several months ago, Comey described those emails in the Russian claim and expressed his concern that this Russian information could “drop” and that would undermine the Clinton investigation and the Justice Department in general, according to one government official.

Still, Comey did not let on to lawmakers that there were doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to sources familiar with the briefings. It is unclear why Comey was not more forthcoming in a classified setting.

Prolix, hope you have a great time at the wedding! In my experience, every wedding (or funeral, for that matter) ALWAYS has some weird shit happen. I’ve sworn off funerals, even my own! But, I might, just might, consider attending a wedding sometime if there’s plenty of champagne.

31 GAgal
May 27, 2017 at 2:37 am

Absolutely GAgal, and Comey also listened to the media tear Hillary to shreds over the email situation that he has responsible for.

Glad to read the thread today and see all your comments. Prolix, you are absolutely correct as usual. And I think all of his staff is in some state of figuring our how to deal with his style or how to get out. I’m still gobsmacked over Kushner’s deal, although we’ve read about the back channel for a long time. What more is coming out? I did listen to all of HIllary’s Wellesley address, as well as 1/2 of the address Kerry gave at Harvard – it was good too. I don’t know how much more I can take of GOP support still being as strong as it is for him.

My favorite of recent articles has to be this one from Salon – it says everything I want to say to people who are still claiming support for him.

@35: Indeed, sad to hear.

Prolix, love the post as always, and hope you’re having fun at the wedding. I think those are called “Destination Weddings” where the wedding is held someplace beautiful or exotic instead of close to home. Hubs & I got married in Bermuda, but we considered it more of an elopement since we were married by the Registrar General and didn’t invite anyone. It was the perfect place to marry and have a honeymoon; plus, I always wanted to get married in another country. When we got home my sis and roommate threw us a reception, so we got the gifts and wedding cake and fun party, and I figure we got the best of both worlds.

I haven’t watched Hillary’s speech yet either, for the same reason, it will make me sad. We lost a family member on Memorial Day weekend, so this is always a depressing weekend for us. I spent yesterday in bed with a mammoth migraine (ice packs, drugs, dark room, etc), probably totally stress related. I love all the comments and links and going to read the NYMag piece.

@20, is that Mika’s father?

@35, OMG! Did not hear that!

Kushner creeps me out. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is really evil. I so hope the dump clan gets what they deserve.

@1, I’ve said all along, I think he has dementia. I took care of my Dad for 7 years, from beginning to end, and I know it when I see it. Selfish, stupid, and dementia. What a combination.

@37: Yes that was her father.

also@37: LOL, you would have to define “destination”. It would have to be, you know, “in the eye…” and in Prolix’s eyes I don’t believe he considers it much of a destination.

Regarding Hillary and the anger issue: I agree with her that anger is the wrong tactic in most instances, but I still think she “takes the high road” to an extreme. If she sued a few of her worst detractors for libel, and cost them a ton of dough and bad publicity, it would likely cause the rwnj’s to pause before publicly announcing that she had someone murdered, or sold children as sex slaves. Unfortunately, there are millions of idiots who believe these vile lies about her and pass it on. Why do nothing? Defend her honor and show these worms that if they’re going to slander her, it will cost them. She could donate whatever profits she got after atty fees.

@41, Oh! I hope he enjoys himself anyway! One of my nephews is getting married this summer and they’re doing the rustic wedding-at-a-farm thing. Its in their home county though, and a pretty area.

@43: Eh, it’s probably just Prolix’s personal opinion of the location. I’m sure he’ll enjoy himself with the family around.

Interesting read on Kushner at Foreign Policy. Could it be considered treason?

@34. Contrask, you’re right, that was a good article. I’ve been avoiding them for the past year, since they went so hard for Bernie (except for one, was it Marcotte?), but that was a righteous rant.

It talks about dump bragging about getting the old P.O. in DC, and I’m disgusted that the city let him have it, since its obvious that everything he touches becomes trashy.

Several years ago, the famous old Ambassador Hotel and grounds came up for sale, and this was very important to the people of Los Angeles as it was the place where RFK was assassinated and also had the famous Cocoanut Grove nightclub. So, anyway, the three main bidders for the property were Dump, Walmart, and LAUSD. Dump wanted to build some godawful 110 story building. Wouldn’t have fit in at all in the neighborhood. Plus…earthquakes! Everyone was horrified at the thought of dump building some giant tower of babel thing (as hubs called it) and it crashing all over the place if we had another big one. He has a terrible rep in the building industry. We also didn’t want a giant tacky Walmart there. Fortunately, LAUSD won and built 3 beautiful schools and an amazing public park fronting Wilshire Blvd. Hubs was one of the top dudes on the project from beginning to end. The Cocoanut Grove was preserved and remodeled as a state-of-the-art theater. All of the exotic woods that were all over the Ambassador were carefully removed and then reused. The main school bldg. has the same architectural look as the hotel. And of course there is a memorial to RFK where he was shot. Its the most beautiful school I’ve ever seen, and I’m so glad that we beat dump out of the property. It belongs to the citizens of Los Angeles, which is as it should be.

@45, interesting. I have to admit my first thought was “How could it not?”

The article seems to define treason as requiring an enemy state for the treasonous person to ally with, and makes the point that Russia is not clearly an enemy state to the US. It being FP, they should know.

However, this made me pause:

…given Trump’s democratic mandate to pursue such a course…

How bloody democratic is it when you come up short by 3 million in the majority vote, and win only through the demonstrably non-democratic Electoral College? OK, it wasn’t a coup (that we know of), but still not a clear mandate. Will have to re-read the article later and see what I think on 2nd reading.

Funny, but then I thought “Or….they’ll make Trump do what?”

@45, that is interesting. I think they make a good argument that its treason.


I keep remembering way back when the spooks leaked that there was some internet noise between a Russian bank and somewhere in Rump Tower. Hundreds or thousands (?) of contacts, but they never said what was happening so the public knew what was up.

Maybe this is the ‘backdoor’ channel that Jared was trying to set up. Like short messages that went back and forth about taking Hillary down????

#48 & 50, haha! Good catches, Luna!

Shadow, I think the truth is more sinister than that. I bet there has been constant back and forth between all of them, and that whatever dump is doing, he’s doing it with Russia’s input.

Fairly good, but they still go on about damn emails as if there was something about a secure server and having a private email account like so many other SoSs which outweighed all of Trump’s idiocy, shady business deals and bankruptcies, and sexual assault.

It’s getting harder to say Russian meddling didn’t actually help lead to Trump’s victory and Clinton’s loss

@53 yea, Luna. Another article that goes on and on about Hillary being guilty of actually nothing and finally acknowledging how Comey, too, screwed her over.

But if it is true that a fake Russian intelligence memo, led Comey to act the way he did — and if the academic study and polling suggest that those actions kept her emails in the news — and if those actions hurt her public standing, then how is it possible to still say that there’s no way to say if Russian meddling had any impact on the outcome?

It just makes me weary. The media was complicit and they now know it. I hope the worst of them crash and burn right along side Trump and his Trumpers. They should all be fired for their malfeasance.

It never stops. I don’t know how Hillary does it.

A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton’s lax security surrounding her emails led to the deaths of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson tossed out the wrongful death claims as well as allegations that Clinton essentially slandered the parents of the deceased by contradicting accounts the parents gave of events related to their children’s deaths.

“The Court finds that Secretary Clinton was acting in the scope of her employment when she transmitted the emails that are alleged to give rise to her liability,” Jackson wrote in her 29-page opinion. “The untimely death of plaintiffs’ sons is tragic, and the Court does not mean to minimize the unspeakable loss that plaintiffs have suffered in any way. But when one applies the appropriate legal standards, it is clear that plaintiffs have not alleged sufficient facts to rebut the presumption that Secretary Clinton was acting in her official capacity when she used her private email server.”

Remember all those who criticized her when she said her and Bill left the WH “dead broke”? This type shit is exactly why.

If it hadn’t been emails it would have been something else equally insignificant and distracting. It never would have been a slam dunk, an easy win, or the obvious choice. Attacking someone like Hillary is just the right thing to do for far too many people. She will always be the scapegoat of anyone who fears, suspects or just can’t understand, her courage, compassion and passion for public service.

Lindsey is pretty worked up over Comey…about freakin’ time.

Graham: It’s ‘stunning’ Comey never told Congress about fake email-

Agree Cats, remember that Rump and Russia kept telling everyone that Hillary was so sick, she was practically on her death bed, she had to take naps all the time?

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