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Original article – If Your Leader Departs, Preserve the Company’s Story First
Nice post Ty Montague,
The issue with some companies is that they find it difficult to separate ‘Person’ from ‘Narrative’. They tend to view it as a Chicken and Egg situation and start giving lot of importance and space to the person than the narrative. What happens next ?- you’ve aptly described it ‘The board and shareholders, enjoying the dizzying ride, are happy to look the other way if some of his antics sometimes seem… unconventional’.
This brings us to the question – why does this happen? Is it because it is easier for the press and people in general to symbolize the new way or wave using a person?. The danger is, when the wave starts by doing the right thing for the company, by challenging status quo, after a while it turns to doing the right thing for the persons image and hence challenging status quo and logic.
– Ramesh Ramakrishnan