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!