Why business is not all about people

EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS IS WRONG: Don't blame your employees if projects fail, it's more likely senior management set the wrong strategy.

by Alastair Dryburgh

It's an oft-voiced sentiment that unites consultants, HR execs and Dragons' Den investors alike. Unfortunately, though, it isn't true. Business is not all about people, and behaving as if it is will often make things worse for your people, not better. Here's why.

Suppose, for instance, that we are a project-based organisation, and projects are consistently delivered late and over budget. If we think it's all about the people, then we see a skills deficit. We need to train people in project management, or time management, or...

But it won't work. Taking a strategic view will probably reveal projects that simply will not generate enough revenue to pay for the resources needed to deliver them. There is nothing the team working on the projects can do about that.

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