There is an old tired question that constantly does the rounds and one that provides plenty of opportunity for commentators and consultants to write and talk about. The question is this:
“What is it that keeps the CEO awake at night?”
My own standard answer is, “Nothing – except sometimes my dogs.” There is however another standard answer to this question, and that one goes something like this.
The main things that keep me awake at night are Regulations like POPI, Skills Shortages, Disruptive Innovation, and Global Competitiveness. I even Googled it a moment ago – and sure enough nothing has changed since I last ran Risk Management workshops for companies ten years ago. I think that these guys are barking up the wrong tree completely.
This traditional answer is like asking Allister Coetzee what keeps him awake at night, and getting the answer, “The rules of rugby.”
If Toetie said that, we would laugh at him. We would say to him, “But Toetie, the rules are the rules and they are the same for everybody. They change a bit from year to year – but they are mainly quite predictable and you can plan for them. They are the rules of the game. If you don’t like them, find another game.”