Leadership Intervention

bad dog

bad dog

Here's you:  entrepreneur, business leader, boss, manager (parent, spouse...)

You know what's best for the company.  Are you your company's biggest asset or it's biggest liability?

This last week, I found myself in quite a few conversations about well-meaning CEO 's gone rogue.  Here are some telltale signs that the leadership in your organization needs help:

  • Your boss has lots of really good ideas--that change every other week.
  • He derails his executive team's direction often, against their advice, because he believes his new insights are better.
  • She changes strategies before it is reasonable to expect success.
  • He listens to his team and then does what he thinks is best.
  • She is the biggest bottleneck and you suspect she secretly likes it because it makes her feel indispensable.
  • He is most comfortable in a state of overwhelm and finds strategic action plans limiting.
  • At least one person on the team is always the whipping boy/girl.
  • Her default mood is self-pity because nobody ever does things right.
  • He often ruffles his hair, shakes his head and sighs because it's all so hopeless.
  • His two states are anger or self-pity.

Can it really be this bad?  You bet.  The tales can be gruesome.  Maybe your boss is just on a bad streak or this is the norm, but here are some ideas that might help short of an intervention:

  1. Find out if there's anybody on your team whom he listens to more than others and have them mediate.
  2. Offer well supported evidence that changing directions is not in the company's best interest.
  3. Don't have 1:1 meetings, bring an ally.
  4. Make sure that the team presents as a united front.
  5. If the behavior is new, offer support in areas that you see most affected.
  6. Investigate if you could have an ally on the board.

And if nothing helps, ask yourself how long you are willing to stay to watch the train wreck.  What will be in your best interest?