Great potential — and a company — is a terrible thing to waste
Know any founders who:
- Had a terrific idea with which they achieved initial success, but haven’t been able to get beyond that or duplicate it?
- Act out their underlying anxiety at being possibly a “one trick pony” in visionary’s clothing by being frenetic, unfocused, “name dropping” and embellishing the heck out of their success to try to attract more business and investors?
- Keep changing their mind on what the company should focus on so that their people never know what to do from week to week?
- Take out their anxieties and fear of failing or being discovered as a first act with no second act to follow by continually agitating, spinning and “throwing their people under the bus?”
- Instead of setting highly talented people in their organization up to succeed, set them up to fail?
- Often look for outside saviors/rescuers instead of utilizing the untapped skills and talents of their now dispirited people?
- Have become lousy listeners?
- Inwardly do not mean to hurt or upset anyone and do not take delight in doing so, but whose fear of failure is ever present and drives them to act poorly?
If so, what can such a founder do? And what if that founder is you?