Dhoni, Mason and the power of ” I’d fire myself “December 17, 2012 2:32 pm
Indian cricket and Groupon are in a comparable state right now – with the Indian cricket team, once unbeatable at home, going through a rough patch now with a home test series loss to England, and Groupon, once the fastest growing company in the history of the Internet, now struggling to get its international expansion right. The similarities do not end there – Indian selectors are currently being forced by public opinion to question Dhoni’s captaincy, and Groupon’s board is being forced to do the same with Founder CEO Andrew Mason, by the investors and the performance of Groupon stock.
Here is one thing MS Dhoni needs to learn from Andrew Mason. In an interview with BI with rumors flying all around that the board would fire him, here is how Mason answered the toughest of questions for a CEO.
Blodget asked Mason: “Will the board fire you tomorrow?”
Mason’s answer: Since the stock is down 80%, “it would be weird if the board wasn’t discussing if I was the right guy for the job. If I ever thought I wasn’t the right person for the job, I’d fire myself,” Mason said.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/andrew-mason-it-would-be-weird-if-the-board-wasnt-discussing-if-i-was-the-right-guy-for-the-job-2012-11#ixzz2FJsEGHVZ
That last statement – I’d fire myself – is what Indian cricket fans need to hear from MS Dhoni. Not because the fans want to see him go – but because that will reinforce the confidence they have always had on him.