James Montier tells it as it is, he is very outspoken about the financial world, the things that are very wrong in his view.
In this extremely interesting presentation he argues that Maximixing Shareholders Value (MVS) is arguably the worlds dumbest idea. The presentation starts at 5:30.
One of his main arguments is wrong incentives, a subject that is also close to people like Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, who warned about it many times. Many of the problems in the financial world stem from incentives that are either too much focused on the short term, or are misaligned.
One slide contains a collection of more dumb financial ideas, according to Montier:
Fans of Milton Friedman might want to consider skipping a few minutes from 10:00 onwards, Montier doesn't mince his words, describing the damage that Friedman has caused.
An earlier post on Montier can be found here.