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Managing the manager

Coaching Corner

Managing your manager

IbyIMD+Published 19 October 2023 in Coaching Corner • 4 min read

The challenge 

Sam is CFO and COO at a large fast-moving consumer goods organization. This dual role sits well with Sam’s profile and professional attributes as someone who is highly rational and detail-oriented. Sam reports directly to the CEO, a more flamboyant personality who brings vision and creativity to the senior leadership of the organization. Over time, Sam’s relationship with the CEO is becoming increasingly fraught. Frequently and publicly the brunt of loud and aggressive criticism – accused of “bottle-necking” ideas or prioritizing caution over creative risk-taking – Sam is starting to feel…

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