When I was a Vice President of a synagogue, I knew the position was hopeless because I was surrounded by leadership that took them from 750 families to 250 families. When I look at my old law firm, they pretty much have the same leadership that had them shrink by 50% since I left.
The crazy thing about the leadership at private organizations is that when it doesn’t work, it usually doesn’t change. Unlike publicly traded companies where you have the opinions of shareholders, small to medium-sized organizations don’t have the opinions about why the current leadership isn’t working.
What separates a business that can thrive and an organization that won’t, is the ability to look within and figure out what isn’t working and what needs to change. A dying organization can’t change because it won’t look in the mirror and figure out it should change.