When Founders Flounder*
* Pascal Levensohn, Levensohn Venture Partners, WSJ 1/23/06, pg. B5
Members of a board of directors should know
when a chief executive is in trouble and may
need to be replaced. Six common warning
1. The CEO resists or rejects board input.
2. The CEO disengages from daily tasks in favor of
outside boards, vacations, or community activities.
3. The CEO displays emotional, combative behavior,
such as defensive responses to legitimate questions.
4. Board members hear bad news from employees or
other directors—not the CEO.
5. The CEO claims ignorance or problems, or blames
others for failures.
6. The CEO directs other executives to stonewall board