|The wizard of nothing|
One day he made a decision that placed many professionals that worked under the umbrella of his corporation in jeopardy...essentially removing their independence and allowing a very invasive move into a virtual tyrannical control. I was surprised but not shocked upon receiving the edict from him that required our signatures (surrender of our privacy). I realized that his "policy" would not stand up in court, but the battle would be long and expensive. I maintained that one should never underestimate an individual in a position of power with limited intellect. They are sometimes your worst nightmare to deal with since they tend to be stubborn and when confronted with an extraordinarily terrible poker hand will go "all in".....which is EXACTLY what he did in this particular "policy".
The board of directors were puppets of his and in many respects were "controlled" with their own "relationships" that were profitable. It developed into a "Mexican Standoff" with the showdown at high noon in the OK corral. I knew that all the parties were going to be bloodied and possibly destroyed if the appointed showdown took place so I arranged a private meeting with the CEO and two other individuals to serve principally as witnesses. The CEO tried to conceal his terror facing him in 24 hours when he would step into his own Waterloo, but rather than play games with him, I laid as many cards out as possible and asked him directly why he thought his strategy would be productive. As he answered and the dialogue began to be exchanged more easily it became apparent that he was terrified and knew he had blundered into his demise. He began opening up even more into his decision making and a very telling part of his thought process was disclosed. He wanted to know why my Partners had all taken a position against his "Policy" when all the other "independent" contractors had "supported" his policy. We had no financial interest in opposing his oppressive "policy". In fact we had everything to lose opposing him. He even described what all of the financial interests were with the "other" players and how he understood their positions and votes. When I responded to his query with the answer, "it was purely the principle of right and wrong and what was best for the greater good"......his jaw dropped and he appeared baffled. He pondered and wrestled with that answer for what seemed like an eternity and you had the sense he NEVER believed the answer....yet there was NO other answer that he could muster. BUT he could not accept that in his world anyone had principles. THAT was his limited world. He did pull the "policy", and the war was canceled....but he never "learned" from his "near death" experience. Surviving that near disaster made him eventually more arrogant and several years later a series of blunders made him the laughing stock of CEOs. THAT is the world of our corporate structure. Maybe not every CEO is as cognitively simple as he was and maybe not all corporations are corrupt. But this is at the heart of where our world is today. We are left only with what is "your selfish angle" or "what is in it for me" or "I've got mine now you get yours". It works only if there is confidence not CONfidence. There is no trust on either side of the "game" now, and at its very heart there is nothing but darkness. gl players