The buck starts here

In the 1970s and 1980s it was common for CEOs to have a sign on their desk, which said: “The buck stops here”.

This might have been appropriate when all information and power flowed to the top but it is not appropriate now. It was only appropriate when one person could keep their finger on the pulse and the world moved more slowly.

Nowadays, it’s not so much ‘command and control’ as ‘command and connect’ – connect to those who have the knowledge of current markets and current opportunities. 

Perhaps the sign on the CEOs desk should say “The buck starts here”?


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