Your predecessor’s strategy isn’t going to work anymore

Most of the businesses I run over the years were grass-roots, pull-your-self-up-by-the-bootstrap ventures that I both dreamed up and implemented. So last year when I took over a business that had been around for 32 years, it was a brand-new beast. I had to very quickly learn a brand new set of skills. Taking over required a different mindset than building from scratch.

The first thing I realized was my predecessor’s strategy (which, honestly, worked really well for her), wasn’t going to work for me. But, I also didn’t need to demonize it and traumatize the employees by throwing it out the window suddenly and without transition.

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