I just fired one of my Section Leaders!’ Abdul, the recently appointed SVP of a construction company, in Abu Dhabi, told me last week during my monthly coaching phone call. ‘And what were your reasons?’ I asked. ‘He was making repeated work errors that were unacceptable’. I couldn’t manage the situation any longer as he was becoming a liability to the whole department,’ he replied. I listened attentively as he continued, ‘Carole, do you think I did the right thing?’
Not an easy one to answer! We all know how important it is to take remedial action when we see work that is unacceptable but it is not always simple for some individuals to change. Having operated personally in a certain way for years, it is often too difficult for them to change their mindset and way of working. However, such a situation may need to change dramatically when a new senior executive arrives.
A new SVP can mean that you are faced with an immediate challenge. Either raise your game immediately or accept the fact that you may have to find alternative employment with another company or organisation. Neither of these are easy choices but they are ones that need to be addressed. Continue reading