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Marshall Goldsmith
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Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is an executive educator, speaker, coach and best-selling author. His most recent book is Mojo.

Consultants aren't leaders

It is not only acceptable but useful for leaders to seek outside assistance. It is fine for the owner of a football team, or the board of directors of a company, to encourage a leader to get the best external advice available.

On the other hand, when the outside consultant starts "calling the plays" for the team, the role has changed from "advisor" to "executive." Dan Snyder should either get rid of Jim Zorn, or let Jim make the final decision on plays. What he is doing is not a service to Jim or to the team. If Jim is not going to be given the normal power assumed for a head coach, my advice for him is simple: Leave now!

By Marshall Goldsmith

 |  October 26, 2009; 3:03 PM ET
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Totally agree with this. Once a leader has his authority stripped and given to a consultant it underminds that leader. There is really no going back for Jim Zorn. Probably the best approach to save face with Jim Zorn is to have hired an "offensive coordinator" to allow Jim Zorn to focus more on "strategy". He could also have "given" play calling rights to his new coordinator and over-ruled any plays he felt strongly conflicted with his strategy. Sorry Jim, Danny-Boy just doesn't know how to manage a football organization.

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | October 27, 2009 12:22 AM
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I don't think Snyder has the slightest idea on what a human resource is and its value to any organization, specially about the one who is supposed to give leadership to the team.

Posted by: Atouk | October 26, 2009 4:16 PM
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