Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has found a way to make executives think harder for longer in meetings. He makes his executives write down what they have figured out in several pages of clear prose which is read in silence at the start of a meeting.
Geopolitical crisis can be capricious. It can devastate one market, while leaving a neighbouring market unscathed. Even within the same market, an event may be perceived differently, depending on a company’s business model, sector, value chain or processes.
‘You’re the boss, I’m an idiot; I’m the boss, you’re an idiot,’ was a common refrain among workers in Soviet Russia. If nothing else, this insight into a brutal ‘boss-subordinate’ relationship had the benefit of clarity. Our terminology in today’s changing workplace may be gentler, but the junior staff member’s role remains a relatively unclear area of management.