Get the Right Peopleon Your Team—and the Wrong Ones Off

An executive suite is not a school yard. Just because someone wants to play on your team, has always been on the team, or was considered the heavy hitter of a past team does not mean that you are obligated to have him on your team. What’s more, just because you have been chosen to lead an established team does not mean you must keep all the players when you take it over. No matter what anyone says or implies or believes, it is now your team. You must choose whom you need to be on it.

One thing that surprised us about senior teams is how often leaders who become chief executives take what they get and assume that leading their executive team means leading this team, of these people. Ask ...

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