Out Over Your Skis: When your company outgrows its executive leadership

Mike FrommeltExecutive Leadership

In ski jumping, it’s not good to get too far over your skis as you fly down the hill.  If you do, its very likely you will crash, or at best have a clumsy landing.  In my 20 + years of working with privately held companies, I’ve noticed something very interesting with entrepreneur (Visionary) led companies that I now refer to as getting out over your skis in terms of your talent.  Amazingly, many companies I encounter have outgrown their leadership teams. i.e. the company is running at $25M year but the talent and capability of the leadership team is more akin to a $10M operation.