Prepare for the Unthinkable

by MN Gordon
Acting Man

Red Ink

Growth and profits mask a variety of problems. They hide business inefficiencies and the money suck of corporate adminis-trivia. They also conceal unproductive staff.

[…] But most of all growth and profits obscure the extreme value subtracting forces of bloated management teams. During good times it is unclear what these smug fellows do. During bad times it is lucidly clear that most of them ain’t worth a darn.

When the profits inevitably recede, the senior executives, with their silly 24 point project reviews and cumbersome project execution requirements, appear lost. They’re left exposed, with their pants down, and without a clue in the world as to what business it is they’re actually in. What the heck have they been doing all this time?

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