“Founders come first, then profiteers.”
So wrote librettist Alice Goodman for John Adam’s powerful opera, “Nixon in China”.
Founders and the original design intent of an Industrial firm are so intertwined that its hard to tell where one starts and the other ends. In most cases, the growth that put this Company on-the-map was explosive; its history is tied to its people and the firm is woefully short on documented processes and procedures.
This makes it nearly impossible to separate the people from the design and to do what is necessary as the new owners. But, separate you must because for whatever his or her reasons, a founder’s ownership was voluntarily sold along with responsibility for the firm’s strategy.
As for the profiteers, love the history – own the strategy!