St Paul’s, Bad Capitalism and the Principles of Sustainable Success

The story of the protest camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral has been dominated by the coverage of the Chapter’s management of the situation.  There are some signs now that attention is turning to the larger problem of what the protest means and of what should be done to rein in the excesses of what Ed Miliband has called ‘bad capitalism’.  Voices from both right and left are suggesting that not all is well with the way ‘the City’ operates. I want to suggest that both the Cathedral and the ‘bad capitalists’ might benefit from giving some consideration to the question of what makes organisations sustainably successful, viable, that is, over the long-term. Continue reading