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By Crystal Perez,2015-03-28 13:36
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David: Hey, Ken...I need to talk to you.

    K: Sure...what's up?

    D: Can we step into the conference room? This is a more private conversation.

    K: Sure...

    D: Ok...I'm just going to lay it all out on the table: What do you think of Vincent's management style?

    K: Well, Vincent has only been CEO for a couple of years and ... well...um...

    D: I don't want to put you on the spot. Here's what I'm getting at: I don't think Vincent is the man for the job.

    K: Really? And what led you to this conclusion?

    D: As I see it, he lacks the proper vision. His style is more about survival, and he's not taking the company anywhere.

    He's treading water instead of swimming.

    K: Well, I confess I've had my doubts about his abilities before. It seems he mainly got the job because his famous aunt pulled some strings.

    D: I've been with this firm for 26 years and I'd hate to see it go down the drain due to poor leadership skills.

    K: Me too. But what can we do? This isn't a reality TV show...we can't just vote him out.

    D: Yes and no...We can't ask for a show of hands on who thinks he should be fired, but we can introduce a vote of no confidence at the next board meeting.

    K: Interesting idea. You might be on to something

    David: One of Vincent's biggest problems is his tendency to micro-manage everything. He sticks his nose into everything instead of leaving the day-to-day decisions to the guys who know what they're doing.

    K: That's true. He also seems rather uncertain and indecisive about many things.

    D: Yeah...we need a leader who can inspire us. The CEO needs to be a coach, not a referee. You know...not everyone is cut out to be a leader.

    K: I think one of the primary skills a leader needs is the ability to listen.

    D: Vincent is terrible at that. He frequently seems to completely misunderstand what we're trying to get across. Just between you and me, I've spoken to a few other board members and they say if there is a vote of no confidence, they'll vote "no."

    K: But will Vincent be forced to resign if there is such a vote?D: No...but it will do one of two things: one, it will serve as a wake-up call and he might change his style - or two: he might step down if he realizes he's lost the support of the board.

    K: Shouldn't we try to find a way to give him a chance to avoid embarrassment?

    D: Yes we should. I'll be writing him a private letter next week and expressing our thoughts on the matter. I'd appreciate it if you would sign the letter as well.

    K: Humm...well, I guess that's the best way. We'll give him a chance to either improve or resign.

    D: And if he rejects those options, we'll try a vote of no confidence.K: Ok, David....I'm on board. Let's give it a shot.

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