Many times companies stand at the threshold of massive stardom but carry the burden of dead weight management that simply take up space and increase salary costs. The company needs to eliminated them and recruit qualified management but there is often an emotional element at play here which makes it difficult to take the garbage out to the curb on trash collection day. There are many corporate cautionary tales here. Companies that could have been but never were are a dime a dozen because they lacked the motivation to get past that emotional ingredient that paralyzes them, not allowing them to fire someone who has become a buddy. Your mind will play all kinds of tricks on you by telling you that: this guy has a family, you and he have a history, you can’t just fire someone who helped build this company and so on. What you are forgetting here is that the presence of this individual is jeopardizing the careers and livelihood of everyone else involved so this action of elimination is serving the greatest good.
Make things easy on yourself. Hire a management or expansion consultant. These people are use to being labeled as the bad guy and have thick skin allowing them to cut through the emotional BS and capture the reality of what will help your company get to the next level. They will make their decision on professional pedigree, executive contact portfolio, who can handle themselves best in a public or panel discussion setting, who has the most desirable track record for attracting the best executive candidates and so on.
Often times companies that find themselves at this crossroad are in the process of going public which is even more of a reason to hire an expansion consultant as they will apply your business to a proven template that will yield success, if your buddy needs to be eliminated and replaced they will be able to demonstrate the reasons why with empirical data and they will give you the profile of a candidate that is ideal for his replacement.
To attract the proper replacement for a ‘C’, ‘VP’ or executive level professional you should bate them with stock and if possible pre IPO stock. Corporate shares and a solid compensation price will often get the right people through the door for an interview. The stock should be a combination of restricted and non restricted and their acceptance of the non restricted demonstrates their intent on longevity with your company and non restricted shares demonstrate trust by you, stating that you’re willing to put a little more skin in the game in order to bring on the right talent.
A management recruiter is not typically what is needed for the above situation. A management consultant or an international expansion consulting firm can typically offer a turn-key solution to your corporate recruiting efforts as well as your expansion and IPO aspirations.