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Leadership lessons from White House turnover

D’Amore-McKim School of Business professor Parker Ellen, an expert in leadership and organizational politics, comments on recent White House staff changes and the impact that constant adjustments can have on an organizational culture.

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August 4, 2017

Parker Ellen, an expert on leadership and organizational politics for the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, recently commented on the, highly publicized turnover in the White House and its impact on workplace culture.

This past week, General John Kelly took over as chief of staff at The White House, and communications director Anthony Scaramucci left his position, the tenth White House staffer to do so in President Donald Trump’s first six months.

Frequent turnover can make it difficult for staff to “develop and execute strategy,” said Ellen.

A constant change in upper leadership can cause the loss of internal culture too.

“Constantly shaking things up certainly keeps people on their toes, but it also creates stress,” he said. “Some stress is good, but this kind isn’t. This is generally a hindrance stressor.”

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