by Scott Eblin
The New York media world was abuzz with news of the termination of veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin from his job of CEO of Time Inc. a little more than five months after he got there. Just to make sure the situation was clear to all involved, Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes released this statement: “Although Jack is an extremely accomplished executive, I concluded that hisstyle and approach did not mesh with Time Inc. and Time Warner.” None of that “leaving to pursue other opportunities and spend more time with his family” stuff there.
If you’re interested in the back story, you can read all the details in The New York Times or Howard Kurtz’s column on The Daily Beast. The quick summary is that Griffin quickly got himself cross-ways with an entrenched and proud culture at Time Inc. Julia Kirby of the Harvard Business Review offers six lessons from the Griffin episode. In the spirit of leader...(register to read more)
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