No doubt about it -- the piss-poor economy is wreaking havoc on lots of businesses. But in some organizations, the biggest contributor to disappointing performance is found right in the corner office.
A percentage of marketing groups are run by dictatorial know-it-alls who clearly don't know it all. Year after year, they fail to test new techniques against tired approaches that should have been replaced ages ago. Try to introduce something fresh and they claim they've tried everything. (They haven't.) Ask to get a discussion going about changing things for the better and it never happens.
Yep, your father's command-and-control paradigm is alive and well. In some businesses, autocrats rule with a fear-based style that attracts and retains yes-men and yes-women but expels dissenters with the potential to transform outcomes. In these cases, the biggest obstacles to recovery are internal, rather than external.
The solution? Unfortunately, in the majority of these situations, the old dogs aren't about to learn new tricks, and the best move is to move on to a non-dysfunctional organization.
What do you think?