Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hillary: 'Talking to myself'

Leaking details of the much-anticipated Atlantic Monthly story about Hillary's campaign:
Atlantic Senior Editor Joshua Green writes that major decisions during her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination would be put off for weeks until suddenly Clinton "would erupt, driving her staff to panic and misfire."
Green reports that on a staff conference call in January where Clinton received "little response" or "silence" to several of her suggestions for how to recover from the Iowa loss and do better in New Hampshire, "Clinton began to grow angry, according to a participant's notes," Green recounts. "'This has been a very instructive call, talking to myself,' she snapped, and hung up."
A lesson in organizational dynamics and leadership there. If the boss is a demanding hothead, surrounded by second-raters and sycophants, internal communication becomes dysfunctional. Are you listening, Crazy Cousin John?

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