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Trump Watergate Timeline Comparison - Separated at Birth?

After reading a tweet from Kurt Andersen (without a doubt the smartest and best boss I ever had) I got thinking more about the timeline of Watergate and our current president.

I worked for Kurt at the old Spy Magazine. I'd like to think that this is the sort of thing that Spy would have done. (The headline is an homage to a regular feature in Spy, Separated at Birth?)

If I had all day, I'd do more of a Spy thing, and ask the design team to make this look better, and ask the photo research team to come up with some amazing photos that draw connections, etc. But in the spirit of DONE, here it is.

I hope this is helpful to people all over the political spectrum.

  • For people that want Trump gone tomorrow, this shows pretty clearly that as of July we were really only about half done with the process. There's a long way to go.
  • For people that are tired of the drip-drip-drip, perhaps this will show why it almost has to happen that way.
  • For supporters of President Trump who are currently comforted by the fact that he's still in office despite what you perceive to be relentless media attacks, you won't find comfort, exactly, but with luck you'll see that those on the other side politically are not delusional about Trump, and that the sweep of history is not on Trump's side.

OK, here's the highlights, with lots of help from this page, this Watergate timeline and this Trump/Russia timeline:

 

Nixon/Watergate Trump/Russia
1972 2016
June 17     Burglars break into the DNC headquarters at Watergate June 9    Don Jr., Manafort and Kushner meet with Russian government official promising damaging info about Clinton. Trump tweets later that day for the first time about "33,000 emails."
June 20    Washington Post reports connection between burglary and Hunt July 18    Washington Post reports Trump wants GOP to go soft on Russia
Sept. 15   Hunt, Liddy and burglars indicted Oct. 7    DHS and DNI announce that Russia is interfering in election
Nov. 7      Nixon reelected  Nov. 8    Trump elected
1973 2017
Jan. 8    Burglary trial begins Jan. 4    Mike Flynn reports that he is under investigation
Jan. 11  Hunt pleads guilty Jan. 6    CIA, FBI and NSA report that Putin ordered a campaign to influence the election
Jan. 15    Other burglars plead guilty Jan. 10  Sessions tells congress that he “did not have communications” with the Russians
Jan. 20    Nixon inauguration Jan. 20    Trump inauguration
Jan. 30    Liddy convicted Jan. 30    Trump fires Yates
Feb. 28    FBI director tells congress that Dean had “probably lied” to FBI. Feb. 28    Trump staff instructed to preserve any Russia-related communications because of investigation
March 17 McCord refutes previous denial that he was working for the White House March 17 Page refutes previous denial that he never met with Kislyak
April 27    FBI Director Gray resigns April 5    Nunes recuses himself
April 30    Ehrlichman, Haldeman resign, Dean fired. April 11   Comey tells Rosenstein about “serious concern about the way in which the president is interacting, especially with the FBI”
May 17    Senate Watergate Committee begins hearings May 9    Trump fires Comey

May 19
    Cox appointed as special prosecutor

May 17  Mueller appointed special counsel
June 3    Dean testifies that he discussed the cover-up with Nixon at least 35 times June 8    Comey testifies to Senate Intelligence Committee, worried about president lying, says he hopes there are tapes
July 13    13 months after Watergate burglary, New York Times reports on Oval Office tapes of phone calls and meetings July 8    13 months after meeting of Don Jr., Manafort and Kushner with person they believe to be Russian government official, New York Times reports on that meeting

Oct. 20    "Saturday Night Massacre" firing of special prosecutor.

Oct. 30    "Manafort Monday" Manafort, Gates arrested. Special Prosecutor's office also unseals previous indictment and plea deal with Papadopoulos

Oct. 19 John Dean enters guilty plea after cooperating with prosecutors. 

Dec. 1 Mike Flynn enters guilty plea after cooperating with prosecutors.

Nov. 17    "I am not a crook" speech

Nearly Every Day Trump tweets something saying Russia investigation is phony.

Dec. 7  White House can't explain 18-minute gap in tapes.

Dec. 11 White House can't explain 18-day period that Mike Flynn wasn't fired.

1974

2018

March 1    Nixon named as "unindicted co-conspirator" along with the "Watergate Seven"

 

April 16    Special prosecutor subpoenas tapes

 

May 9    Impeachment hearings begin

 

June 27    House passes Articles of Impeachment 

 

Aug. 9    Nixon resigns from office

 

One last note:

One of the young staffers working on Watergate for the House Judiciary Committee was Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Watergate-hillary

We may not have learned all the lessons we needed to learn from Watergate, but perhaps there's a young staffer working behind the scenes right now who will one day run for president, and if she doesn't come to fame as the wife of a guy who was once impeached himself... and if the election isn't tampered with... maybe she'll even win.


“Up and to the right” -- Three Steps to Consistent Growth

 

There's a scene early in Groundhog Day when the host where Bill Murray's character is staying says something about the weather to him, and he launches into a whole meteorological discussion that he would do on TV, and the person just stares at him. Then he says:

Did you want to talk about the weather or were you just making chitchat?

"Chit Chat," she says, awkwardly for both of them.

 

"Up and to the right"

When you are a CEO, and someone asks you how things are going at your company, you never are sure if they are just making chit-chat, or if they are really interested in the metrics of your business.

I suppose I could have asked which one it was, but taking the lesson from that scene, I always thought that would seem awkward, so I always just said: “Up and to the right!”

I guess I could have just said “Up!” given that we’re all marching at the same pace to the right on the spreadsheet of life, but “Up and to the right” seemed more conversational and worked for both sets of people asking. At least I thought it did.

Groundhog-day

When someone was actually asking about the health of the business, they were always glad to hear "up and to the right."

Anyone who’s been around business for any length of time knows that to have 20 positive quarters in a row is hard. Really hard.

And so it was. It was the one thing I thought about more than any other: How to make sure we would grow, and keep on growing. All. The. Time.

And grow we did.

After five years of leading a company that grew every single quarter, I decided to step away, and now BlogMutt has a new CEO.

 

It's still all about growth

So, what am I doing now?

I'm still thinking about growth, all the time. 

Also, I'm very glad that I thought about how I want to grow in my own life, and that I wrote it down and published it.

The top thing on my list was to be an Entrepreneur in Residence. A guy I know saw that, and one thing lead to another and now I'm happy to say that I am a version of an EIR at CableLabs/UpRamp. It's an amazing opportunity, and I'm learning a ton and feel like I'm contributing to the world of cable and broadband in some meaningful ways, helping an established industry think about growth.

(My biggest contribution for CableLabs is not getting to define once and for all exactly what is a startup... but it's up there!)

I'm also doing a couple of other things that I'll write about more later, including helping a great friend grow a business that could actually put a dent in the opioid crisis.

I'm also mentoring some new startups, and have a few other projects going, including one where I'm analyzing some data for my pals at BlogMutt. (REALLY interesting findings percolating there, and I'll share them here, of course, once that's ready to go.)

In addition to that, I've also started doing some executive coaching for CEOs who are trying to grow faster and do more with the hours that they have.

Out of that coaching work has come a new opportunity: Helping launch a new kind of adventure. What I love about it is that it allows me to pay very particular attention to top-line growth.

 

Steps to Consistent Growth

The idea is simple: While techniques for growth are pretty well established, it can be difficult for operating CEOs to focus on those techniques every day. Once the realities of daily operations set in, it's quite difficult to have the foresight, focus, and courage to ignore what's going on in the business on a daily basis, and do what needs to be done for growing the company in the future.

There's an analogous situation in the public arena that I wrote about recently. In short: The future has no lobbyist. The status quo does have a lobbyist, and so things typically remain the same.

It's the same thing even in small companies. Employees are focused on the tasks at hand, but there's nobody who has the job of representing the unknown future.

Well, if that's your job, and you know that you aren't at your maximum and the organization you lead is not growing as much as it could, I might have an answer for you.

The answer is the 10X Growth Club.

(That's what we're calling it for the moment. Not sure if the name will stick.)

You can read much more about it on the site, but in short we are going to make sure that everyone involved is going to do three things:

  1. Set really aggressive, specific, structured goals for growth in a business for 18 months from now, basically by the end of 2018. We will work with you to find the right goals specific to your business.
  2. In a structured way, read the best thinking on growth, and apply it rigorously.
  3. As a group of peers with a lead facilitator, keep each other accountable to reach our individual goals. (This will be much different than other peer groups you may know about. See the site for more on that.)

So, there you have it: Three steps to consistent growth.

You may be thinking that you are already doing your own version of that, and maybe you are, but are you getting the results you think are possible?

Do you see a clear path to 20 positive quarters in a row? How about four?

If not, maybe you'll want to join us Thursday night.

If you aren't in Denver, or if you don't want to join a club, any club, (I get that, but would tell you to get over yourself) or if you are reading this too late... Just follow those three steps on your own, including getting into a group of peers with a leader who's been through those battles. 

Join us?

If you are in a spot where you'd like to see more consistent growth, I hope you'll consider joining us on the evening of Thursday, July 13th. Write to me to get an invite link.

If you know someone who is leading an organization, and wants to grow, I hope you'll send this post or the 10X site to that person.

Thanks very much in advance.


Up and to the right,
I remain,

-Scott Yates