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BP oil spill: Tony Hayward stonewalls Congress | Environment | The Guardian

June 18, 2010

I find it extremely disturbing of course, like anyone on the street that an oil spill can cause disastrous consequences on human  life and animal life bringing one of the greatest imbalances in environmental life. As if we haven’t brought woe to the environment enough.

However, what struck me the most was that the BP CEO had to go through, being grilled and blamed for this environmental disaster. Being a CEO is certainly not easy at all. While I do not want to decide whether  he really knew about the mistakes that happened before the disaster, I would also like to point out that it is very hard to keep track of everything. Being on the top is a great disadvantage because once you are on top of the mountain, you can’t hear what is going  on below. You can only see from the top, but not necessary know what is going on until it starts to strike you.

This is where the philosophy of John Wooden reminded me where though he was the coach of the team, in that sense the CEO of the team, he made sure that once he gave instructions to the team as a CEO/leader, he would go down and BE part of the team.

Therefore, it is important that you realise that when you are on the top AS a CEO, your role is to lead your team towards the vision that your company is working towards through planned strategies, ensure that daily operations are running smoothly. Once you have fulfilled that, remember to come down to be PART of the team and  not hang out in front of your computer.

BP oil spill: Tony Hayward stonewalls Congress | Environment | The Guardian

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