I went into an interview recently and that made me think about the responsibility of value. The company looked fantastic. They are a non-profit that works on a key housing problem in the area. However, during my phone interview I asked a telling question: “What are senior management’s goals for 2018?”. The person interviewing me didn’t know, so I decided to hold onto the question for the next round of interviews.
The next round of interviews came and I was sitting across from senior management. I again asked my question: “What are some of your major goals for 2018?”. Their response scared me: “We have to complete a ‘needs analysis’ before we know our goals.” It was that moment that a red flag started flying for me. In the interview, I dug deeper and found that the senior management had been completely replaced recently. That started to calm my nerves, because they might be playing a political game. The next red flag is what soured me on the company. They had employed a “senior management consulting firm” (life coaches for senior management) for the last three years; and were happy with them. If a company fails for three years in a row, you shouldn’t be happy with them.
The biggest initiative I could get them to talk about was changing the company’s culture. I also noticed the CEO, who bragged about wanting to change company culture, didn’t introduce herself to me. She also made several passive aggressive remarks to a person late for the meeting.
To me, this was the nail in the coffin. At that point, I became convinced that they weren’t caring for the company, they were just kicking the can (aka – problems) further down the road. That’s a huge shame. The area I live in suffers from a housing crises; one the non-profit should be trying to solve desperately. Instead, they are worrying about the wrong issues. Accountability, vision, and performance metrics should be the cornerstone of any new senior staff. They were far more worried about people being on time, keeping the peace among departments, and justifying past sunk costs.