A youngish friend, let’s call him Matt, got a great job with an exciting and inspirational start up right out of college. He was part of the core management team and, although the work load was extremely heavy, he was delighted by the opportunity to grow and contribute at such a high level so early in his career. The feeling was mutual: Matt got many accolades from his boss, the CEO, for his strong performance and great attitude.
Trouble in Paradise
Recently Matt called and was very disheartened. He had just been told that his boss had decided to hire a manager who would now be Matt’s boss. The CEO explained that he himself doesn’t have the expertise in Matt’s function, so he had decided to hire someone with deep expertise. Matt’s CEO emphasized that the new manager would be much better equipped to help Matt develop.