One lovely thing about a new year is that sense of a fresh start and an open calendar. Of course, that calendar tends to fill up pretty quickly with work and travel commitments. One way to make sure you’re factoring…
Large companies will frequently bring me in to work with senior executives who are high performers but don’t always get along with their colleagues. We are not talking about anything egregious here. Sometimes they put clients before their colleagues or push people hard to deliver. Generally their teams really respect them but their peers less so. The euphemisms tossed around are things like “hard charging” or “intense”.
My view is that unless they are burning people out or doing something unethical, leave them alone. They are delivering results. The clients love them. You don’t want to hang out with them? So what? Likeability is highly overrated. It’s far more important to be respected and appreciated for delivering results. Every firm has people who get on great with everyone but bring nothing to the bottom line. Too many of those and you’ll all be out of work.
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