After decades working as an architect and senior executive at large firms, Stan Hathaway formed strong opinions about the right and wrong way to manage people. Now he has a chance to apply what he’s learned.
Hathaway, 63, is president and CEO of 5+ design, an architectural firm based in Hollywood, Calif. He’s part of the five-person team that founded the firm in 2005; it now has roughly 100 employees and two offices in China.
EL: What led you to co-found your own firm?
Hathaway: All five of us worked at a well-known Los Angeles architectural firm. It was a hostile office environment where the CEO used a conquer-and-divide approach. It went on for 10 to 15 years. The last 10 years I was there, it become obvious the company was starting to falter.
EL: So you quit?
Hathaway: I went to my boss and said, “Unless we make changes, there’ll be problems.” He replied, “You don’t have what it takes to be a leader. You’re too democratic.” S...(register to read more)