Ted Ehara wrote:
When a CEO dies or leaves a business, the board tries to get the best person to replace the position. In the case of AAA and MAF, they did not do this. They looked within their own organizations to find another Chief-Instructor. They did not look outside their "company".
Both AAA and MAF are strong enough organizations to do a global search. This would be a possible response for a corporation that was replacing a CEO position. If a family does not have a member in the business, like a mini-doshu, they have to be willing to spend the bucks to get someone good.
Ted, I think that you have brought up an interesting point. That is that there are other factors besides "the best person available" for replacing a chief instructor. A regular corporation would do a global search. As a matter of fact, many companies have policies against hiring at that level from within because they feel it could become "incestuous" and they see the need for fresh ideas and new blood. Look at the situation with Porter Goss and the CIA going on right now. In Aikido though, we develop loyalties toward the chief instructor, his style, his memory and sometimes, his family. Also, there is a troubling tendency for aikido followers to have a cult-like mentality toward our leaders to the point of obsession. That is one of the reasons we don't do a "global search".