The leader has a reputation for moving quickly and plain
speaking. In the surprise ousting of the chief executive who has only
been in the job 18 months , he has lived up to the speed part. But
what happened to the famed blunt speaking when it came to why the
chief executive had to go . There was, claimed the leader, no
personality clash or disagreement on strategy. By way of explanation a
statement said that the Local authority, “operates in an increasingly
complex and challenging environment “.
This looks like a case of the leader and the cabinet regretting
their choice of chief executive. The reference to “complex and
challenging environment “ seems to indicate they thought they were
getting someone more dynamic. So no financial mismanagement or dip in
performance just all to predestined for the ambitious cabinet. The
outcome is embarrassing for the leader as he led the process that
approved the appointment. Even more so since he championed the need
for an external candidate whilst other members favoured a safe
internal appointment. But cabinets are allowed to change their minds
and indeed should do so if they perceive a problem.
Would you be surprised to learn this was not a large county
council or big unitary authority but in fact a Bank. I simply changed
chairman and board for leader and cabinet in the financial section of
the news paper reports. Does this indicate what I think it does that
there really isn’t that much difference between how those in big
commercial businesses and local authorities operate at the top.
Well there is one big difference the former chief executive of the
bank is apparently inline for a payoff of a years salary plus up to a
£million from bonuses and incentives!
Blair Mcpherson former Director, author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk