The sales are dropping. The image of his company is losing its former luster. Playing office politics is the norm among his staff. Overall, the morale of most of his teams has hit rock bottom, but there is one exception, one team is head and shoulders above the rest of the squads. The most successful team is led by a gifted manager with vision and passion for his company, current customers and potential clients. Most importantly, he is famous for his integrity. He is known to be the rising star and reformer of the company.
As a senior staff, Simon McMahon has to make some vital choices. Before making these monumental decisions, he has to evaluate the present crises. He knows very well that the managers of the declining teams simply flatter him. For sure, he realizes that these so-called managers don’t have the capabilities and the basic work ethics that are required in their jobs. They don’t love their subordinates. All they want to gain are prominence and benefits. As the saying goes, “Birds of a feather flock together.” (“Like attracts like.”) These incompetent managers often meet at bars after work. They call it teambuilding but in fact, it’s simply a gossip corner. As a habit, they talked of plans of shooting down the renowned visionary who has integrity. If Simon fired all of these six self-seeking and dishonest managers, he is scared of rocking the boat. As he will retire in two years’ time, he is thinking of stability. He doesn’t want to gamble on making big changes.
If you were Simon, what would be your choice?
* The above story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event.