In two instances, our thinking is along the same lines as that Henry Mintzberg who is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University. He is one of the world’s top thinkers on management and business strategy. I came across a blog posting of his which show that we ordinary S’poreans are more in-tune with his thinking than are S’pore’s ministers.
Any chief executive who accepts a compensation package that so singles him or herself out from everyone else in the company is not a leader. Leadership is about conveying signals that engage other people in the company … There is an Israeli expression that a fish rots from the head down. So too does an enterprise.
One can reasonably conclude that he would have problems with ministerial salaries based on the logic of above.
A robust enterprise is not a collection of human resources; it is a community of human beings … Effective strategy, for example, is not about a planning process that comes from the “top” so much as a learning process that can come from anywhere in the enterprise. The key to IKEA’s successful strategy, to take a pointed example, lies in its provision of unassembled furniture that is easily transported. That idea came from a worker who had to take the legs off a table to get it into his car …
Treated decently, respected by a leadership that engages itself to engage others, the people of a corporate community devote themselves to their products, their customers, their company and its strategy. They care.
One can reasonably conclude that he would disagree with the reflex policy of the govmin always scolding, mocking, deriding or blaming S’poreans.