Perceptions of directors have taken a nosedive over the last few years, yet the vast majority of directors are very serious and diligent about their responsibilities. It's as though there is a strong need for a scapegoat for our troubles and what better than the "Scrooges" of business.
We continue to hear people calling for the business community to be more accountable for their actions. Nowhere is this stronger than in the relationship business has with our environment, our planet, and its resources.
Like all of us, I rely heavily on the media's representation of the facts. In a number of articles I have penned recently, I ascribed the birthing of the "shareholder value" movement to comments made by Jack Welch. I was wrong in assuming this was accurate.
There are many reasons why efforts to transform and change an organization fail. I think these are actually symptoms of a more fundamental flaw: the very paradigm we hold of organizations. The current paradigm is that an organization is a machine of production.