Today is article #3 in our 5-part series on How To Rebuild Your Leadership Team After Covid. Today we look at Bad Managers.

“Touring with Cherone had proven disappointing in terms of attendance. Eddie later admitted that “the powers that be” (Warner Bros.) had forced his hand in parting with Cherone.” Wikipedia

The band had success with Cherone, just “less success.” They all liked each other and there was no bad blood. In fact, Cherone remained in touch and on good terms with the band.

Gary Cherone wasn’t a bad guy, doing bad things to the band. In fact, he was a good guy doing an ok job. But, he just couldn’t get them back to their previous success. He didn’t have the capacity they needed.

Phase 2 – Direction

Your company has evolved, and you can handle increased business levels. You have a small and capable management team that is creating structure and improving quality and delivery through defined process and procedure. You don’t have any room for bad managers.

To move to Phase 3, you’ll go through a Crisis of Autonomy


To allow your business to grow, you’ll need to develop mid-level managers. You’ll need to empower them to be agile and make tactical decisions at the operational level, enabling you and your leadership team to get out of the weeds, take a step back and, focus on strategic endeavors while monitoring the day to day activities.

Do you have bad managers? Do you have leaders that micro-manage, who won’t or can’t develop their people? If you answered yes, you have a Crisis of Autonomy.

If you have a bad manager that won’t empower their people or won’t delegate it severely limits your company’s ability to grow. Their department will only grow to the size of their ability. If it gets too big, they will bring your business back to a level they are comfortable managing. Bad managers are business killers!

It’s about Positions, People and Process. If you want your business to grow you need to create structure, policy and, procedure. If you don’t have the experience or capacity in your building, you’ll have to replace your bad managers with leaders who have it and, then empower them.

They will “change” your company. It won’t look the same. But, you have to trust them and empower them or you will keep grinding until you get exhausted and your business starts declining and eventually fails.

Next Tuesday we’ll take a look at the 3 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Small Business Owners Make When Hiring New Leaders.

Read our previous articles in this series here: 


Leave your questions about bad managers below or contact me directly at I’m here to help where I can.

We’ve also started a “Help Line” for small business owners who have questions about how to deal with their leadership team or any human capital issues in this uncertain time.

Stay tuned and I look forward to helping you Make Your Business Rock NOW, and down the road.

About the Author

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Corey Harlock – Principal, Key Hire

Corey Harlock is a driven consultant, teacher, keynote speaker, and three-time business founder. After shutting down his Recruiting Agency HRN in Canada to move to Houston, Texas, Corey realized that the vast majority of businesses and business owners were severely underserviced and, in some cases, completely ignored. So, he created and launched a company with a mission of helping small and mid-market business owners. He has authored dozens of articles on team building, talent acquisition, and the power of Building High-Impact Teams for growing companies.

Corey is currently the Principal Consultant of Key Hire Team Building Solutions, the only solution on the market that helps Small Business Owners focus on Positions, People and, Process so they can enjoy a stable, growing business and balanced life.

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