An imaginary boss

Here’s a film that looks like a must for anyone interested in the twists and turns of corporate life.

The Boss of It All is about the owner of an IT company who pretends that he is not really the boss of the firm and that there is someone senior to him pulling the strings. That way he can stay popular with his staff and customers by blaming all the nasty decisions on the fictitious man at the top. But when he wants to sell the company, his chickens come home to roost because the buyers will only negotiate with the man at the top.

Like all good stories, there is a grain of truth in it. Most bosses avoid dealing directly with difficult issues, preferring instead to fudge decisions and avoid conflict. A fictitious Mr Big would be the ideal way to do that.

The film was made last year but I must have missed it. Perhaps I’ll get it on DVD.

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