Lessons for business leaders…

When Peter Mandelson left Government the last time, it was with a deep and unresolved resignation – he hadn’t achieved what he had set out to achieve. There was also widespread sympathy amongst those “in the know” that he had perhaps been pushed too early and too hard by a crisis avoidant Alastair Campbell. Campbell himself later came to recognise that his dismissal of Mandelson had been a hammer to crack a nut….However, Mandelson had the last laugh – the only other world figure produced by this Labour Government, and British politics of the last decade was Tony Blair himself – and that possibly includes George Robertson’s stint as Nato DG.Thus – Secretary for Business, in the dying days of a winged Labour Administration, is nothing other than a demotion – even if one self inflicted.The lesson for business leaders is clear – don’t let vanity and the personal need to re-write history deflect you from an otherwise clear and successful strategic move. Let alone one that has reaped significant advantages already and has yet to run its (likely more fruitful) course…


Author: Damian Merciar

Damian Merciar is Managing Director of Merciar Business Consulting, http://www.merciar.com, a niche business economics consultancy founded in 1998. He has over twenty years experience in the areas of commercial Business Strategy. He is experienced in the transition environments of nationalized to private sector state utilities and the senior practice of commercial management, advisorial consultancy, and implementation. He has carried out policy advisory work for government ministries and been an adviser to institutional bodies proposing changes to government. He holds an MSc Economics from the University of Surrey’s leading Economics department and an MBA from the University of Kent. Also attending the leading University in the Middle East, studying International Relations and Language, for which he won a competitive international scholarship, and has a BA (Hons) in Economic History and Political Economy from the University of Portsmouth. He is currently based in London.

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