[November 24, 2021] No one wants to wash their dirty linen in public. Organizational disagreements, family squabbles, and couple arguments are best not aired openly. The reason is simple; we want to show a united front to outsiders. Doing so makes us appear professional and honest. Airing grievances is a sign of dysfunction and chaos.
We all know problems occur in any group. Telling the world about them is unproductive.
I was a new Battalion Executive Officer in a Heavy Engineer Unit preparing for deployment to combat. I was a major. The Operations Officer, and a good friend of mine, also a major, had not resolved a particular point about the deployment. The disagreement was legitimate and would need to be resolved before deployment. Our discussion inadvertently spilled over into the earshot of the Brigade Commander and his staff. Problem!
The Brigade Commander considered delaying our deployment, potentially throwing our entire planning and preparation into disarray. Fortunately, we convinced him the disagreement was minor (it was not) and continued along our planned deployment cycle. My friend and I were able to agree and, afterwards, were careful not to allow any disagreements to surface outside our unit.
Likewise, there is serious infighting between Team Biden and Team Harris in a much more critical environment at the U.S. White House.1 The origins of this are not as important as the fact that this is now a public issue. Rumors are surfacing fast and furious; many strike to the ability of either to effectively led the nation. Whether true or not, this infighting, which both Biden and Harris should immediately put an end to, is generating the perception that neither politician has their act together.
However, this infighting at work between Teams Biden and Harris gives us an inside view of the two politicians, and that view is not good. They appear petty and mean-spirited. They give the impression to say one thing and do another. And, as long as this infighting occurs, the publics’ perception of Biden and Harris will continue to decline.
Solution? Stop the infighting. Tell your staff to shut up and do their jobs. Any mention of the other team would be grounds for dismissal. Yes, harsh, but the constant bickering is not suitable for the efficiency of the White House or the general public.
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