Anuraadhaa
22

Hi,

I have joined a start up company 3 months ago thinking I would learn a lot from it. But I have started getting very uneasy feeling about the Business Plans of the Mgt. I got a feedback from sources that my CEO was not competent in previous companies he worked for.

For last 3 months I could see that my CEO took wrong desicions and the business procurement delay for almost 1.5 months, now last 15 days back we have recruited a BDM...

CEO is a senior with 25yrs in Industry. he is nice guy but very sensitive by nature in all issues. So now I feel even though he is senior and nice guy but lack business mind & leadership qualities, gets very tensed very soon.

Recently my colleague close to CEO told me that CEO thinks I'm very assertive, aggressive by nature & lack proactiveness, which my CEO has not spoken to me directly about. I have adjusted myself to be compatible with working, but still my CEO is not happy. There is lot of uncomfortable feeling while working from both the side.

I feel very demoralized due to this and feel I should start looking for other job..... Please advice me :( , should I stay on for another 6 to 1 years in this company ??

I would really appreciate any suggestion, guide, advice in this regards.

Regards

Anu

From India, Pune
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penmetsa
11

Dear Anu

You are still raw in your career. It is pre mature on your part to comment and come to an opinion on a 25 yrs experienced guy who is heading a company. Some decisions may go wrong especially in the initial (Project) stage of building a new organization. That doesn’t mean that the CEO is lacking certain skills. Some unpleasant decisions towards you or towards your colleagues with whom you have rapport might provoked you to come to an opinion like this.

At least you came to know about CEO’s comments on your behavior and performance. Please take it in a positive way and try to reach to his expectations.

Not only you Anuradha, most of the beginner’s feel uneasy and uncomfortness during their first few months. They feel they are ignored and some times land into insecure feeling, indulge in grapewine, mudslinging and also procrastinate things and land into problems.

I suggest you to not to get demoralized at this moment. All that what you need to do at this moment is to gear up to the expectations of the CEO and and try to overcome your weakness.

Be flexible and I wish you all the best in the same company in the years to come.

regards

P.V.S. RAVINDRA VARMA

From India, Hyderabad
Rajat Joshi
99

Hi Anu,

Am sure you would be now better settled in the job after a great sound advice by Ravindra Verma..he said it very rightly and i totally agree with him on all accounts..however would like to add a few points as well..

I have joined a start up company 3 months ago thinking I would learn a lot from it. But I have started getting very uneasy feeling about the Business Plans of the Mgt. I got a feedback from sources that my CEO was not competent in previous companies he worked for.

Remember from every job including this ones & ones in the future -you would learn something..being in HR you may a very little understanding of Business Plans..so its too early to comment!!..believe me even i felt that way as well..regarding competency of your boss..Ravindra has answered that well..

For last 3 months I could see that my CEO took wrong desicions and the business procurement delay for almost 1.5 months, now last 15 days back we have recruited a BDM...

This is your opportunity to learn from the mistakes..just think as how this could have been avoided or what could have been better decision..

CEO is a senior with 25yrs in Industry. he is nice guy but very sensitive by nature in all issues. So now I feel even though he is senior and nice guy but lack business mind & leadership qualities, gets very tensed very soon.

Let me ask you there are two things you cannot choose..Parents & Boss..so learn to adapt to the style..all bosses have achilless kneel so what you are doing about it? other than criticising about..have you looked as how you can help him out..in genuine manner/way without giving the smack of polishing the apple!!..but in professional approach..

Recently my colleague close to CEO told me that CEO thinks I'm very assertive, aggressive by nature & lack proactiveness, which my CEO has not spoken to me directly about. I have adjusted myself to be compatible with working, but still my CEO is not happy. There is lot of uncomfortable feeling while working from both the side.

Wow..that's some feedback..best would be to have a one to one discussion about his expectations from you..proactiveness is the key word..many of us are not..(am sure even my boss would be agree!! Ha ha ha)..jokes apart..you have to start thinking as how you are making his job as CEO easier...if you have an idea then share the same with CEO as how you can…

I feel very demoralized due to this and feel I should start looking for other job..... Please advice me , should I stay on for another 6 to 1 years in this company ??

Hey this is the best phase of your career!!..make the most of it..

Happy Independence day!!

Cheerio

Rajat

From India, Pune
Rajnish Borah
4

Anuraadhaa,
Is the image your CEO has of u bothering u?
If I were you , I would have had a one-on-one with him on expectations and request him for a general feedback on the three months of work.
Is the competency and leadership capability of your CEO is an issue in continuing?
If yes, have you validated those facts that you have, what has the person done wrong in the last 25 years, why was he hired by your organisation inspite of all the failures in the first place? If you have done that and they are in line with what yu said and you do not see the organisation growing under that leadership and you cannot steer a change in any form, probably the best option will be to check for opportunities of interest.


Atomleaf
11

Hi Anu,
I think.. you ve got xcellent replies for ur post.. i would like to add few more... for a new employee(fresher)
Patience: Understand your company,boss,other employees well... it may take 6 months to get a clear idea of working ethics of ur company(if its a first job). once you understand your boss expectations... try to fulfill... You evalute urself in past three months.. like how much u know about the company.. most startup companies do not give full fredom to a new HR person to implement his/her ideas.. try to do any minor changes in the existing if needed, after consulting with ur senior...always try implementing thingd according to the company... once ur ceo/boss feels that ur capable of doing things... its sure.. gradually you would get freedom to implement ur own ideas..
:) :) :)
Regards

From India, Madras
Anuraadhaa
22

Hi Rajat,

Thanks a lot for your valuable advice, after Ravindra's advice, I gave it a more holistic thought & do feel this situation would improve and guess what !! I did get a indirect positive feedback from CEO, He told my colleague that he can see positive improvement as needed in me.. :D , I feel so much better now!!

"you there are two things you cannot choose..Parents & Boss..so learn to adapt to the style" I absolutely agree with you!

Things are looking up for the Company too now.. So good for all.

But still one Problem - My CEO does NOT dress professional for work, He wears only casual T- Shirts EVERYDAY!! That look's so LOUSY..

One or twice my colleague gave him a taunt and indirect remark about his dress code but no use at all..

Problem is that while interviewing candidates for a new company, it gives a unprofessional and bad impression about the company itself, Don't you thinks, more to it, He keep munching something so the other in his office and foodies fallen all round the table and his shirt..

So tell me how would we tell our CEO to improve upon his dress code..

Regards

Anu

From India, Pune
Anuraadhaa
22

Hi Rajnish,
Yes, I had validate it from few of my friends who had worked with him before and other business competitor who is friend of mine..
Yeah, that the image he HAD about me before, But things have improved now.. Business too is looking up for the company,
"what has the person done wrong in the last 25 years, why was he hired by your organisation inspite of all the failures in the first place?" - The Mgt decided to appoint him CEO, he is also one of the company director. I had no play in his appointment.
But please let me know how I can change his "dress code".
Thanks a lot for your advice :)
Regards
Anu

From India, Pune
Rajat Joshi
99

Hi Anu,
Am glad that things have improved...
Boss - Dress!!
O boy it's a tough challenge...since he is not a kid that you could rebuke..
Please enforce indirect approach..which is to be very subtle..as the dress code change can come only with his realization ....
Hmm...lemme give a thought & shall respond with some ideas..
Meanwhile what i would like you to do is the following:-
* His psychological profile
* His strong & weak areas
* His career plan/growth profile
(Please don't post it here!!)....
Cheerio
Rajat

From India, Pune
Rajnish Borah
4

Anu,
Dressing/presentation is a personal issue, some people dress formally, some casually. In US, T shirt with business trousers are accepted form of dressing to offices. In India some companies accept, some doesn't. I understand that we look upto people at positions and have expectations from them as to how they should conduct/dress/speak etc. There will be elements in the environment we may not have control on, that's how its made up of.I think you are looking at him from a "opinioneted" lens, too much scrutiny will create "bothers" in your mind which will impact your productivity.
I suggest you "zoom out: of him and if you hear comments from customers or too many employees, identify a senior person who's pally with your CEO and who can communicate the feedback in a informal manner which will bring in the desired change. Remember, this is a sensitive area and needs subtle handling.


Anuraadhaa
22

Hi Rajnish,
Yes, my colleague is also my Boss's pal. He did tell my boss about his dress code, specially during conducting senior position interviews.
Anyway, I agree it a "sensitive area and needs subtle handling" and also feel that he should be able to sense it himself which may take its own time.
Thanks again for your advice :)
Regards
Anu

From India, Pune

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