One of the things that's kind of front and center in the current presidential race is the relationship and bromance of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, leader of Russia.
Here's my theory, and of course, it has an HR/Recruiting link:
Putin is the hiring influence that doesn't want your functional area to be strong, so they over-involve themselves in the feedback loop of a key leadership hire you're trying to make.
Stay with me on this. First, a bit of a warm up from the Talking Points Memo: