The current controversy surrounding the power residing with the Prime Minister versus parliament and the legislature has similar parallels in business. Tensions mount when shareholders and executives having misaligned interests. Surely a lot of the problems the banks have faced are linked to this disconnect. And any system of remuneration that lacks audit or control is always asking for trouble as the politicians have found. In isolation, one can justify any reward or find good reason for a payment that wouldn't stand up to external scrutiny or a wider perspective, which is why this is so important in keeping reality real.
On the subject of power bases, I am always wary of companies that have job titles that start with the 'Deputy' or 'Assistant' which implies that the person they report to believes themselves to warrant such a supporting cast. Similarly, I am not a fan of joint roles and responsibilities, which just serves to be divisive and confusing to other staff. If you have functional heads accountable for the performance of the company in that area then that focus is beneficial and good. Everyone needs to be part of the team, but in the end someone needs to do something to move things forwards in specific areas. Even more against the grain is the 'Executive Chairman' role which is surely an oxymoron, which was a subject of a previous post 'Are Two Heads Better Than One?'.
Bill makes his (Trade) Mark
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