I once advised an executive team that operated more like a group of fiefdoms than a cohesive organization. Disagreements were common which permeated the entire organization.
What seemed to help was one senior executive who played to role of Peacemaker. When conflicts arose, he would find a way to achieve detente. Many viewed him as the glue that held the organization together.
Eventually, the Peacemaker determined that he no longer enjoyed his role, so he decided to leave the organization. As you might imagine, there was significant anxiety when his departure was announced and there was a general fear that without the Peacemaker, chaos would ensue. To everyone’s surprise, though, there were very few meltdowns after his departure. Without the Peacemaker, the executive team was now forced to work together. For the first time, they were standing on a wire without a net, but they quickly realized that the wire was not actually that high. When there were disagreements, it was not that hard to work them out.
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Patrick Rogan, AUTHOR
For the past 25 years, Patrick has helped large and small organizations meet their strategic talent needs. He specializes in developing programs that help his clients attract, manage, and retain top talent. He is also a certified Predictive Index Consultant.