My company has employed my predecessor in my senior management role as a consultant to help me steer the business through a difficult patch. However, I'm not happy with some of his ideas and suggestio
You are the one who has been given the responsibility and so you must make the decisions that you think are right. Get as much advice as you can, including from people who have done the job before, but do the things you think are right.
Phil Atherton, Precept Optimum Performance, Quorn
Do not ignore them – deal with them and show how your ideas and suggestions are better.
Julian Middleton, Freeth Cartwright, Leicester
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Carry out appraisal of his ideas and suggestions and do challenge them with evidence-based counter proposals for the good and future of the company.
Jaffer Kapasi, J Kapasi & Co, Oadby
First, you should ask why your predecessor has been appointed. Were you not consulted? Perhaps the company has lost confidence in you. If you are generally not happy, for the right reasons and not just sour grapes, then speak to your chairman.
Dennis Kent, DRK Innovative Management, Sileby
You just have to make certain that you have better ideas than he does. At the same time, you will need to demonstrate to your company that you are well able to discuss issues with him and get the best out of the combined knowledge and skill bases thus available. Make certain that the company realises that it is you who finally sanctions whatever activity occurs.
Peter Small, Crescent Search and Selection, Leicester
All the concerns should be fully itemised and analysed detailing the pros and cons of the actions suggested by the consultant. These should then be fully discussed with him before agreeing a strategy that you are both comfortable with. There is no point in taking actions half-heartedly when the business is going through difficulties.
Rishi Chandarana, BPC Chandarana & Co, Leicester