Finding a Replacement Before Firing an Employee?

How many times have you been on an interview to find out that the person you’re supposedly replacing is still in that role? It’s happened to me three times.

In one instance, I was met in the lobby by three people with low whispers and quickly shuffled to a side conference room. Once we got settled they explained that the existing IT Director was still employed, and they weren’t going to fire him/her until they had picked out a replacement.

I was a little uneasy about the situation because, quite frankly, I didn’t like the way that employee was being treated. If I joined this organization, how were they going to treat me?

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The Disconnect Between IT & the Business

Whenever I go into a new job or consultancy assignment, there’s a question I ask of both the IT department and the executives.  I ask them this question in separate meetings, so there’s no outside influence:

To the IT team: On a scale of 1 – 10 (with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest) how do you think the executives would rate the performance of the IT department?

To the executives:  On a scale of 1 – 10, how would you rate the performance of the IT department?

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