Reaching a truce - Board Level Dispute
Reaching a Truce
In a major pharmaceutical company, the atmosphere between the Managing Director (MD) and the General Counsel (GC) was tense. The MD thought that the GC was blocking every new initiative whilst the GC thought that she was being unfairly blamed for every problem that arose. The situation came to a head over something relatively minor: the budgeting for a conference, with both sides feeling like battle lines had been drawn. The GC attended the Corporate Governance course. With the skills she learnt from the course she was able to give constructive feedback to the MD, discussing specific issues, for example the budgeting, honestly and openly rather than on a personal level. She also found that she was finally listening to the MD and she realised that many of the points he was making were valid. Over time the battle lines were withdrawn.