What the Downfall of Michael Flynn Teaches Business Leaders About Hiring Bad Apples (Article)

In a recent Fortune article, Harry shares his thoughts on the importance of values-based leadership in assembling the “best team”:

“As a former chairman and CEO of a $12 billion health care company, I can attest that finding the right talent for the team is one of the biggest challenges for any leader, as well as one of the most important responsibilities. And leaders can’t just rely on their own “gut” or previous experiences in picking the right candidates, as Donald Trump discovered when he appointed Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.”

Read the full article here.

FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Trump says his former national security adviser is right to ask for immunity in exchange for talking about Russia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


  • Daven Morrison

    Excellent insights Harry. Having the right people who help in the collective decision making is as important to the organization as a good architect and solid foundation is to well built building.

    “Without self-reflection, leaders can easily delude themselves and undermine the effectiveness of their decisions”

    Bad Apples, once thought of as just a phrase, are now seen as real problems in teams causing members to withdraw and diminish collective and individual effort. And a bad hire, like Flynn, is a sign often of bigger problems. ________________________________


  • Hi Harry. What a great reminder of the importance of going “From Values to Action” versus making decisions based on ego or delusions of omnipotence.


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