Just when I thought that we had lost all honesty or accountability in leadership, both qualities show up in the last month: Two corporate types ‘fessing up and telling it like it is.
Example #1: Andrew Mason was CEO of Groupon until he was recently fired. Two of my favorite bloggers, Bill Geist and Harvey Briggs, have referred to his final communique to employees as the “best farewell letter ever.” Here’s the link to it as provided by Harvey by way of Bill.
Among other things, Mr. Mason says to his former staff: “You are doing amazing things at Groupon, and you deserve the outside world to give you a second chance. I’m getting in the way of that. A fresh CEO earns you that chance.”
And remember, kids, this wasn’t a resignation; he was fired.