How hopeless is your company?

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I was working with a chemicals consultant last month in India who gave me this priceless description of the true nature of a company:

“A company is a collection self-interested individuals who just occasionally — and purely randomly – carry out actions that are for the benefit of the company as a whole”.

Sounds like a comment, or a moan for those who actually care about who they work for, worth submitting to Lucy Kellaway, the corporate agony aunt, at the Financial Times.

In these straitened and grim times, the potential for office politics and such pontificating on the nature of the corporate world – as people sit around twiddling their thumbs and waiting for the bankruptcy administrator – must be huge.

Everyone will be looking for someone to blame. I blame Eric Cantona for leaving Leeds.

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