Great article Sanctus, I would describe my position as middle management. This gives me a birds eye view of what our corporate leaders are doing. I over see a large budget and I get to see the whole budget since my share is in there too. Over the years I've seen millions paid out to consultants by the company.
I have a good relationship with roughly 90% of my employees because I'm not too proud to ask for their advice. It makes them feel valued and take ownership of the problem or solution they are dealing with. There are those though, no matter how many times I've given them a chance to manifest their idea's they just do not care. The eight and hit gate crowd, but the majority of my employees do care and feel personally responsible for their work.
It's a very thin line to walk between keeping them involved and keeping your appearance of command. It's inevitable and human nature to try and do things your own way, and some attempt to become the alpha-dog if they have too much freedom. There are times I must snap people back into the correct hierarchy, but not make them feel they're undervalued or getting smacked down in the process.
The corporate side is still a little bit of a mystery to me. When I started 20+ years ago there were two people in HR and 1 company lawyer. Now each department has it's own floor at our main office with 50+ or more people and assistants in them. As the company grew so did the size of our corporation which is fine, but it has now taken on a life of it's own.
When I started there were 3- 4 people at the main office who made decisions. When they made them, they made them, If they told everyone we were going left, we were all going left. Left wasn't always the best move, but right or wrong we went left. Now it's meeting after meeting after meeting and committee after committee. Now (for the most part) no one person can or wants to make a decision for several reasons.
The first being nobody wants to take responsibility if it goes wrong, so they have these meetings and committees. In doing so liability gets spread amongst many people and no single person can be put to blame for a huge mistake. Since the main office has taken on this life of it's own no one wants to go there and do all they can to avoid having any of their problems be kicked up to them. This corporate entity is nothing more than a sea of red-tape, useless rules, and failed idea's drawing synergy from the company daily, and this corporate entity just keeps getting larger with the growth of the company.
Since I have worked here my entire career I have not seen inside other companies intimately, but from the conversations I've had with my peers at conferences etc. this corporate entity is something they have to deal with too. Knowing this, It leads me to believe that the size of the corporate entity in larger companies must be unimaginable. IMHO, That's why you see things go wrong on an epic scale such as Enron or Wells Fargo recently finding all those fake accounts.
Edited by Deepwater6, 18 September 2017 - 08:36 AM.