If you have been reading a lot of my writing, you have seen that I always explain an aspect that is specific. But today I’m focusing on the most important issue that we take lightly.
It happens almost every day that somewhere a boss is removed and another one is employed, but we don’t have a problem unless the person replaced had been closely related to staff. There are a lot of costly shake-ups that companies do without thinking of the end result of the organisation.
In corporate businesses they change bosses every now and then because they are hardly at office or have close relation to staff, and this doesn’t affect company performance. Then you find a scenario like Apple firing Steve Jobs, who was a ‘hands on’ type of boss. As a result the company’s revenue decreased and they rehired him to rescue and stir it back to the top.
This is the worst thing an organisation can do, because it really has an impact on the shareholders and sponsors. The South African Broadcast Corporation(SABC) in the past five years has changed CEOs almost every year. Because of that the company has struggled to live up to the standard of its viewers and as a result viewership has dropped. Multichoice has bypassed SABC, taking their key personnel and also sourcing the Premier Soccer League, its highest income generator.
Institutions also make changes, but I didn’t know that it causes so much pressure on lecturers. Recently my college, Boston Media House, has taken both the principal and vice principal out. This is what I call self-destructive, because these were active people in the creation of promotional Open Days and the day-to-day running of the campus.
A lot of people at school turn a blind eye on it, but to me it’s all making sense why we’re not having ‘hell week’ — when Radio 3 students do their own radio station for a week that runs 24 hours and is for course marks. It’s been a tradition over the past years. This year we are given one day to do it, which is in all aspects redundant because we have to all find and demonstrate our strengths in radio and that cannot happen in one day. So that was the worst-ever move by the Boston Business College corporation to lose both the king and queen on their chess board at Media House.
Countries often do this at times, especially in African countries where there is a lot of unrest. We saw in Libya they killed Muammar Gaddhafi and since then, the country is still unable to recover because they had no strategy there after the shake-up. Look at Zimbabwe when they got rid of white farmers: everything just went downhill. Even though the current president is rich, think of the state of the country. It doesn’t have currency and it’s unable to help its citizens, hence they get attacked in neighbouring states like Botswana and South Africa. There’s a saying that ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it’. People in these countries forgot about the bigger picture and focused on their own interests, so now they have destroyed the country.
Sport is the wealthiest enterprise right now and if you see a coach being fired, two things will happen. It’s either we continue or we keep losing. When Jose Mourinho moved from Chelsea football club in 2007, they struggled to win any major trophy until 2011.
So some changes are never good for one party, but do benefit the other party. Hence we say one’s loss is someone’s treasure.
Shaking up doesn’t always mean you will get great result. It’s a risk that at the end of the day you have to take.