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Corporate Catalyst
ISBN
9781118152867
Druk vanaf
1e
Verschenen
01-01-2012
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
320 pp.
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Genre
Management, Economie & Communicatie
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Corporate Catalyst

A Chronicle of the (Mis)Management of Canadian Business from a Veteran Insider

In Corporate Catalyst: A Chronicle of the (Mis)Management of Canadian Business from a Veteran Insider, Tony Griffiths gives readers a ringside seat on the many boardroom and corporate battles that he both fought and witnessed through the nearly six decades of his productive and colourful career. Among other stories, Griffiths replays his two stints as the CEO of Canada's darling of the telecom industry, Mitel Corporation. The first was in the late 1980s, a time when he helped staunch the flow of red ink and stabilized the company. The second was in the early 1990s, when he steered the company through its majority ownership by British Telecom and then its sale to Schroder Ventures. As Griffiths relates it, he had to learn how to deal with the bureaucratic style of the former and the power-hungry moves of the latter.

Corporate Catalyst includes the author's blow-by-blow account of what went on inside Confederation Life in the 1980s and early 1990s¿a death-throes story of a kind that presaged the failure of the likes of Lehman Brothers in the recent Great Recession. Griffiths, who had his hands full at the time with challenges at Mitel, also sat on Confed's board. He tried to warn Confederation Life's executives and his fellow board members of the financial dangers the company was facing. No one but a few other board members would listen. The fall of Confed Life became¿and remains¿one of the largest failures of a major finance company in Canada.

Griffiths introduces readers to the biggest and boldest names in business, including Jake Moore of Brascan, Robert Campeau of Campeau Corporation, Terry Matthews of Mitel, Charles Bluhdorn of Gulf & Western, Ted Rogers of Rogers Communications, and the Edper Group.

In the book's many cautionary tales, Griffiths warns against mixing the roles of governance and management and shows the marked tendency of executives to take up residence far from reality when times get tough. "We don't listen. We don't plan. We don't act," he wrote in frustration to the board and management of Confederation Life after months of trying to get someone to address the financial morass they were in.

Full of hard-won wisdom, Corporate Catalyst is a must read for anyone working in business or interested in what the business world is really like.

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