The Great Circle Of Corporate Life I
May 22, 2010 | Permalink
Uh huh. I used to love going to meetings and meeting the new head honchos who were going to lead us into the next phase of the company...within six months, they were gone...
Posted by: John in May-retta | May 22, 2010 1:48:28 PM
“Never reorganize except for a good business reason. But if you haven't reorganized in a while, that's a good business reason.”
—John Akers (CEO, IBM)
Posted by: Cris | May 22, 2010 9:25:07 PM
Tom - You have first two principles of consulting down pat in Great Circles #1 and #2. A third is - "when you can't solve the client's problems there's good money to be made in prolonging them".
Posted by: FrankReality | May 23, 2010 9:16:43 PM
FR -- This is the Monty Python Theory of Efficient Medical Practice:
There's absolutely nothing wrong with you that an expensive and painful series of surgical operations can't indefinitely prolong.
Posted by: O Bloody Hell | May 24, 2010 2:53:42 AM
A co-worker once told me that in a 7 year span, he had 6 different managers, all through reorgs!
I don't know how many utterly useless programs for which I've attended countless meetings, but I know my work would be done on time without them.
Here's another good corporate story. After a bunch of mid-level management layoffs, the lower level managers moved into the empty offices. The remaining mid and upper level management screamed bloody murder because the low level managers now had offices, with windows! Their solution was to put up barricades so the new tennants didn't have a window view.
A good CEO would have put a stop to that madness. Personally, I would have called the Fire Inspector. Those barricades are a hazard.
Posted by: TooMuchTime | May 26, 2010 10:01:03 AM