Last week I was talking to a successful entrepreneur who was lamenting that she had this previously strong employee that had been with her for over two years. Unfortunately, this quality startup employee, who got along great with others and was a corporate culture fit, was no longer effective as the organization tripled in size. These are the toughest situations.
Here’s my advice when a previously strong employee is no longer effective:
- Read the Netflix Culture: Freedom and Responsibility slide deck
- Remember that as the organization grows, not everyone will grow with it
- What’s best for the individual and what’s best for the startup are two different things
- Jack Welch categorizes the four types of employees and would move this person into a different role
This situation needs to be handled thoughtfully and directly. Everyone knows when a team member is no longer effective but they also want to see the person treated fairly and professionally.
What else? What other items should be considered when a previously strong startup employee is no longer effective?