Into the Blast Furnace
The Forging of a CEO’s Conscience
From one of Canada’s top CEOs, a sincere welcome to reconsider the business world as a place in which inner voice and compassion check.
Steel maker Stelco Inc. went into insolvency insurance in mid 2004. There was a considerable measure in question amid the organization’s exhausting court-commanded rebuilding: 6,000 occupations, 10,000 benefits; the battling economy of an organization town; and the self images and wallets of legal advisors, speculators, union pioneers, government officials and multifaceted investments administrators, each with a unique enthusiasm to lash and no enthusiasm for trade off.
Likewise hanging in the balance was the reputation–and conscience–of CEO Courtney Pratt, who was enlisted to tidy up the chaos. To Pratt, survival for Stelco implied endeavoring to stay with the alive as he morally accommodated the contending interests, an errand made ridiculously troublesome by the carnival like environment that ruled among those battling about its future. In any case, at what cost?
To answer that question, Pratt has united with author and true to life essayist Larry Gaudet in a joint effort the two tongue in cheek call “enchantment corporate authenticity.” Their book gives a keen test to the extremely drained idea that, in the time of Enron and Worldcom, all CEOs are hatched for the sole motivation behind taking care of their own narrow minded interests. Pratt’s story, told with creative ability, genuineness and mind, is about a more vital test: how to remain human in a primary concern world.