March 2017 - Politics

It is a long time since I have heard anyone complaining that politics is boring. After the referendum about UK membership of the EU in June there has been a non-stop ebb and flow of opinion from the leading political players at home and abroad. And since then there has been the election of a new President of the United States. All politicians have their own unique style and it is already clear that Mr Trump prefers a confrontational stance when dealing with the media, some foreign nationals, his own FBI and others besides.

It is sometimes tempting to think that important politics is a national activity played out in a glare of publicity on a 24 / 7 basis. But politics exists when any two people engage with one another, such as a marriage for example. And in business, many growth companies rely upon developing a team from a group of diverse individuals. Managing Directors look for a consistent application of skills, knowledge and attitude from all players. Yet when just one person leaves the team, or another joins, the political dynamic changes.

Just recently Russell Hardy, who became chairman of Wye Valley NHS Trust in November 2016 gave a presentation to a group of local business leaders hosted by Anthea McIntyre, MEP for the West Midlands Region. Mr Hardy believes that best business practice is an important part of the organisations that he has run. He also made reference to the impact of politicians on NHS Trust work, and our own Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, was present to hear these remarks. It will be interesting to see how Mr Hardy's own political style as chairman differs from that of his predecessors.

So whatever organisation you run, it seems that politics and business are, and will continue to be inextricably linked.