January 22nd, 2016
Whether we are running a large organisation or a very small one, the top team rule always applies. Look around the boardroom table at the people entrusted with making our company great and ask this simple question. “Are we making do with mediocrity? If we are, why?”
The answer is often that we’re afraid to confront the issue. Perhaps one or more of these sounds familiar:
- The people on our board have been there for a long time and the thought of replacing them is locked in a box marked “don’t open”.
- They have equity and we would have to buy them out.
- Their performance might improve. After all, they were great once!
- They know where the dead bodies are buried.
- How would replacing them look to staff and customers?
Our top team ought to enable us to keep a clear desk while looking at the horizon. If we’re having to deal with too much everyday detail we’re either a poor delegator or we’re compensating in some way for poor performance by members of our top team.
Get the top team right and the sky’s the limit. Keep them match fit and you’ll keep on winning. As the African proverb puts it, “If you want to travel fast, go alone. If you want to travel far, go together.”
Andrew Morris is Chief Executive of the Academy for Chief Executives, helping businesses to accelerate growth through better leadership. Andrew describes himself as a creative businessman, who enjoys meeting people from all facets of life. His mantra is ‘take your job seriously, but not yourself.’