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Ego Appeasement

It’s funny how dysfunctional orgs will demand unquestioned loyalty from the masses in order to help the org grow and develop, but at the same time thwart that goal by appeasing egos to the detriment of the org as a whole. In defiance to what’s best for the community that they lead, top echelon leaders will not merge or disassemble org units if middle managers will have their egos bruised.

For example, if it makes economic sense to tuck or merge an obsolete unit run by a senior VP under a “regular” VP for the betterment of the whole org, the top dogs won’t do it out of “respect” for the titular system of privilege. God forbid that a senior VP report to a regular VP. It’s verboten in CCH-land. Another corpo faux pas is forming an org that may increase profitability but has a VP reporting to a lowly Director. Ain’t gonna happen.

Such is the power of titular hierarchies to thwart their own development.

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  1. fishead
    February 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm


    We must work for the same people! My ‘director’ was a CEO at a previous company, but now reports to both a VP and a SVP, neither of whom have the business experience or detailed knowledge of our particular product/service and it’s presence in the market.

    We just announced another plant closing and ‘contraction’ in profitability too.

    • February 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      This blog is (almost) all fiction. Even though I rag to no end about corpocracies, I actually like working for my company and the people that run it. Check it out:


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