I do not blame founders for being possessive over their companies. Founders pour their heart, soul, and resources into their company and sometimes have to sacrifice a lot to see their vision come to life. 👏
Their company becomes an extension of their identity; therefore, they feel a deep attachment to all decisions or anything that can threaten their vision.
After all, their creation could be their legacy. 👑
That attachment can create intense protectiveness and even defensiveness when it comes to any changes that need to be made.
Enter a Chief People Officer.
Suddenly things are up for debate from what decisions are being made to core components of the culture! Any CPO will have ideas on how things should be done and the impact on the employees.
And the relationship can become tense.
Behind every founder is a frustrated CPO who is trying to have their ideas heard AND implemented.
A tip for dealing with a Founder who is being inflexible:
Work on the relationship. Understanding the founder’s vision for the company will be key here.
That means asking questions like:
Making sure to hear your founder out and know what they are most sensitive about will build trust and help your judgment for the future.