Will Sr. Managers Change? LO7381

Virginia I. Shafer (vshafer@AZStarNet.com)
Fri, 10 May 1996 22:21:50 -0700 (MST)

Replying to LO7359 --

Brock Vodden states:

>The issue that I am trying to address is the myriad of underachieving
>organizations led by poorly educated executive teams which do not possess
>the full range of competencies required by their task. They don't know
>that they have a problem. They are not likely to address problems they
>don't see.
>I believe we cannot continue to look at this as one company's problem
>(multiplied by x). It is a national problem - if not a Western world
>problem. It is in my view a major drag on Canada's productivity.


By what measure do you assess these organizations as "underachieving?"
When you say "poorly educated executive teams," to what are you referring?
Their lack of college degrees? Who developed this "full range of
competencies required by their task?" If given the list, do you think
they would recognize their purported shortcomings? I guess I'm not sure I
appreciate what you see as the "national problem." Are you referring to
the lack of systems thinking? The lack of leadership skills? If you
could wave John Warfield's magic wand, what knowledge would you impart on
these executive teams to counteract the drag or cause a thrust in

What is the problem? Lack of productivity? Poorly educated executive
teams? Senior managers who won't change? Help me to understand what you
seem to have a clear picture of.

Ginger Shafer
The Leadership Dimension
"Bringing Leadership to Life"


vshafer@AZStarNet.com (Virginia I. Shafer)

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