The Interim CEO – A Place Marker for Postponing the Succession Plan

“you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family…”

As founder you have done all the right things to pass the business along to your children. You have prepared a succession plan, setup your estate plan, dealt with the ego issues of letting go of your responsibility and giving up control. You have even planned for retirement and life after the business.

Problem is, the children aren’t ready. All of this planning is wasted if your successors aren’t in position to take over. More…

Too Important to Fire

We brought in our first non-family senior executive to help professionalize and grow the business.  The senior manager performed his job well and was eager to take on more responsibility. Eager to keep him satisfied, and retain him, we continued to give him increased responsibility across other functional areas.

In a few years, we realized that he wasn’t as competent in the newer areas, as he was in his core responsibility for which he had been hired.  It’s easy to fall into the thinking that someone who comes from a larger scale business is an expert in all areas. This proved wrong for us and we found the newer areas under his responsibility were hurting the business.  We stopped adding responsibility and discussed ways to move him back to his core strength expertise area. This caused him to threaten leaving with his management staff, unless he continued to receive increased responsibility and compensation.

We decided to terminate the employee.  But it was too late. This senior manager had assumed so much increased control and responsibility that they had become too important to fire. More…