Producers Don’t Work For Public Companies?

Irving Azoff is a “producer” in the true sense of the word–an individual that can create a vision, rally talented people behind it, and execute. And now he’s left Live Nation to go back out again on his own.

Why leave what was, by all accounts, a pretty good gig as Chairman? As Azoff puts it in his interview with Billboard’s Ray Waddell, he was sick of the nonsense associated with public companies. Too much time spent worrying about short-term investors, crazy SEC regulations and so forth.

Not enough time actually getting things done.

Azoff will, once again, change how the music industry works. Live Nation and Ticketmaster should be very afraid, non-compete or not.

It made me think about where the real movers and shakers are. Not inside your company fighting bureaucracy to change the Powerpoint template used to present their idea to some “investment committee.” They’re out there rallying people behind them to create something new and better and leading movements that will destabilize your business.

Who’s the “producer” out there your company is most afraid of? And why haven’t you been able to get your company to follow his or vision and rally behind the better idea? (That’s why you’re afraid of them, after all–their idea is better than anything your “investment committee” could find the guts to greenlight.)

More importantly, why aren’t you out there with them and changing the world? Why have you elected to stay inside your company?

Happy New Year!

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2 Responses to Producers Don’t Work For Public Companies?

  1. Ed Devinney says:

    You hit the nail on the head with ‘afraid’. People are comfortable, change is not, and sometimes the company makes the change to you rather than you making the change to the company. But that’s better than being a cog.


  2. markpilip says:

    And on the topic of the company making the change to YOU, it’s only reasonable to expect that’s going to be the case. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to who were “reorganized” who didn’t see it coming and were stuck without a network or options. I think fear of change sometimes prevents people from being prepared with the resume, network of contacts and a constant program of always being on the lookout for better opportunities.


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