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<Succession Race at a Major Firm>
 When I was in my early 30s, there was a presidential change drama at one of the leading companies. It was literally a “drama”, in which management was divided into two and battled in a heated succession race.

 This kind of situation occurs when management has been mediocre, or fails in steering the company and resigns without being able to leave any influence. The same applies to the political world.

 Towards the climax of the above-mentioned succession race, top management became so busy analyzing the current situation and discussing further strategies day and night, that they neglected their jobs. Even the middle-level managers of its affiliate companies became restless.

 I thought at the time that it was such a waste in terms of business productivity, and wondered if there could be a more simple system for it.

<Every Deed is Man’s Doing>
 However, my opinions have changed since entering my 40s. Despite it seemingly looks as though it is a meaningless battle, it is in fact merely a changed form of the energy that a company possesses, and I came to think that as a whole this energy is the biggest factor in the growth of a company.

 Such heated battle for succession is probably unlikely to occur in companies which do not rate their employees’ performance, or have no future due to poor business achievements.

 It is usually the case that company employees work in order to earn a living, and for their own ambitions in their jobs or desires to reach higher ranks. The brighter the company’s future is, the higher the desires of its employees and board members become. In a company with thousands of employees, these turn into vast energy and steer the company.

 Every person has desires, as well as hesitations and misunderstandings. It is then only natural that various problems occur in companies, which are aggregations of such persons. This is also why risk management is a big issue for firms.

 It is said that factions are formed when three people get together – two versus one. Especially when it comes to something like a succession race, one’s destiny is decided depending on which you side with. I believe that a company must accept the losses it faces as a result of this battle. After all, a company is an aggregation of individuals.
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Masaru Sugaya

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