Saturday, December 09, 2006

VPs as Indicators of Problems

Scott Berkun has a nice snarky post about VPs of Innovation; if you've got one, you're probably in trouble on that front, and it's not likely they're going to help.

Which reminds me of a company in my neck of the woods (not mine): they're created a "VP of Retention." I heard this from a friend recently, as we've interviewed a bunch of folks bailing ship from that place. Ok, kudos to their executive staff for noticing they have a problem; but sad and sorry it is that they had to "solve" it at that level, didn't notice before, and haven't done enough analysis internally to understand why they have a management disaster on their hands.

Management is the least recognized role and the most important, in these situations, in my experience.

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