The chief executive has decided to gather the leadership together to devise a new five-year plan for growth. And wants total focus. Away from distractions. Away from devices. Somewhere different, quiet, literally above the fray.
A hot air balloon has been prepared. Inside the basket now sit the heads of finance, operations, legal, sales, information, HR and marketing. Plus the CEO. And a pristine flipchart on a stand. Over the next two hours, the new strategy will pour forth and be set down.
But there’s a hitch. Just before lift-off, the CEO is informed that the group is too heavy. Someone will have to step out. Someone’s voice will not be heard. Whose?
In the tradition of the balloon debate, each leadership member will now argue why it should not be them.