how do I manage a foundering co-founder?
December 11, 2011 7:49 PM Subscribe
How can I be less strong at work? I am managing equity development for a start-up in Europe. Bad times so please don't bother mentioning it. I have had a good run since I arrived in October and was rewarded with two staff for my department last week. Problem: one of them is the co-founder of my company. He is not capable of working on a project he will not get public credit for. I am at my wit's end with his shirking of deadlines and his "right away" promises. How do I deal with this difficult position?
I have a strong sensibility around Getting Things Done and I try to lead by example by doing a lot of research and planning ahead. I probably write two or three proposals a week. I began to have problems with this co-founder when I came. He was generous to offer time for me and then continued with a line of behavior which made clear to everyone that he could not complete assignments in a timely manner. He frequently will not do a job at all and then give an eloquent reason for his lack of responsibility. Which is extremely frustrating. I had told him that personally I could see him elevating back to being in line with me in six months but now I am in doubt. I feel like I am partially at fault because I am a strong manager who gets things done and he can take advantage of my getting things done so he doesn't have to.
What can you recommend that I do?