(Yicai Global) Sept. 5 -- The successful ‘first fiddle’ has always held the public gaze. First fiddle is the spiritual leader, decision maker or guides in a company, standing under the spotlight and attracting tremendous attention.
If a company is a large vessel plying the sea lanes, its first fiddle is the helmsman who sets the ship’s course and strategy. The second fiddle stands behind the first as the decision maker’s brainpower as well as the backbone of business execution, and its employees are the sailors who keep the ship sailing through wind and waves on each voyage. Second fiddle is to first fiddle what Alibaba Group Holdings’ Daniel Zhang is to Jack Ma or what Tencent Holdings’ Martin Lau is to Pony Ma. Second fiddle is first fiddle’s right-hand man, and is especially vital in a crisis.
Entrepreneurs’ hallmark personal labels largely equate them with their enterprises. For them, to delegate their authority in company management is the hardest task of all.