It's a product, I'm sure, of the disgustingly democratic every-one-gets-a-vote, I-don't-want-to-hurt-anyone's-feelings we live in. And it's the exact opposite of the way things used to be.
We no longer live in a world where the problem is: "too many chiefs, not enough Indians."
We live in a world where there are too many Indians and not enough chiefs.
In other words, there's no one to make a decision.
No one who kills work that needs to be killed.
No one who decisively thumbs up or thumbs down anything.
No one that anyone listens to.
No one who speaks last.
So while most meetings discussing work are attended by a chief creative officer (global), a chief creative officer (North America), a chief creative officer (New York), as well as a chief strategy officer, a chief content officer, a chief production officer, a chief something else officer, none of those chiefs make a stand.
They're chiefs but they act like Indians.
They don't embrace their power.
Say yes or no.