By Marc A. Bringman
When an ousted CEO is invited back to address the corporate decline since his departure, he poses a straight-to-the-point challenge to his attentive audience. Enjoining them to help him slay the company killers that have brought the company down, he introduces a new way of thinking, a promise of commitment and redefines the concept of teamwork in the process.
Hector approached the podium with mixed emotions. He had made the trip many times before, but that was four years ago—before he had retired from the top job in the same company he was about to address. As he drew near the platform, he recalled past days when he had stood on the same stage and bragged about the company and its employees. They had enjoyed success for many years until a squabble with several new board members had resulted in Hector’s ouster.