Several years ago, an entrepreneur came to me “hat in hand,” as the saying used to go, who was quite humbled to say the least. He had once made a lot of money in the electronics business and he was convinced that his entrepreneurial spirit, hunches, drive and determination could be applied to a Southwestern concept chain of quick serve restaurants.
One of the great myths we like to dispel here at VIM Executive Coaching is that all executive coaching sessions try to direct the client into the same pattern or leadership style. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Last week, I noticed an associate participating in an online survey on personal and work-related happiness. At VIM Executive Coaching our Denver and Boulder clients are typically tech savvy, and so I am always interested in what new and exciting leadership software is transmitted to my executive and entrepreneur friends.
Most fairy tales start with the phrase, but as we all know that “once upon a time” isn’t necessarily a single event in time. Employee conflicts, especially in entrepreneurial situations, grow “organically.” People don’t start out at loggerheads, there is generally a period of calm or détente, even among disagreements or differing styles. Obviously, there are blatant exceptions, such as sexual assault allegations or fraud. In that case, your decision is fairly obvious once the truth is discovered.
Organizations where top leaders are often aloof and fiercely cling to their independence are not much different than people who are aloof from their neighbors, friends and often spouses. They are so invested in their independence, they fail to see “the other.” Often, they don’t realize what is lost until it is gone.