One is an organisation I admire greatly. The other is one I used to admire. And it all came into focus when I just happened to read both their annual reports in one week.
Wesgro’s annual report is a monster and reminded me of City of Cape Town reports prior to 1976, when departments tried very hard to show how busy they had been. Intellectual and creative visions or plans take the back seat.
Cape Town Partnership’s annual report is very different. It doesn’t tell you how many meetings the organisation attended. It does inspire and inform, and you don’t need to take annual leave to read it.
The reports tell all about the divergent corporate cultures of the two organisations. Wesgro is bureaucratic and insecure. The Cape Town Partnership embodies the spirit of a creative and exciting Cape Town, which is just going to get better and better.
Isn’t it time for an overhaul of Wesgro’s corporate culture?