We all remember the way in which Steve Jobs treated people, but Jobs wasn’t alone in the category of “Asshole CEO” – thankfully we’re living in a different time and space where culture assures that kindness is at the forefront of everything the company is above all, and if it’s not, well then the Board of Directors may just step in, and that is exactly what happened this past Tuesday at Uber.
Board members wrote a letter and had it delivered to Kalanick in Chicago Tuesday. It was titled “Moving Uber Forward” – we all know a title like that doesn’t end well, and it didn’t.
Kalanick issued a statement regarding his departure which read:
“I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Mr. Kalanick said in a statement. (Source: NYTimes)
THE BIG LESSON
I think the big lesson here is that “Culture” tops “Skills” ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! I mean you have to be a pretty big prick to be asked to step down as CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, that you helped build from the ground up. I’m not sure where his head is at with the way that he’s approached employees and those he interacts with on a daily basis, but his approach is AWFUL.
Based on what I read in this NYTimes article, Kalanick will remain on the Board of Directors for Uber, but his days as CEO are long done.
One quote comes to mind, “Hustle hard and stay humble.”
Words we can all live by.