My coachee, a very successful local entrepreneur, had just acquired his strongest competitor company. His company had doubled in size in one fell swoop. Now he was faced with the challenge of integrating the previously “hostile” corporate cultures into one whole. So far, he had always been able to get his way, but now doubts were gripping him: “How can I overcome the resistance of the new employees? How will I succeed in getting everyone to follow my vision?”
“Everything is possible,” was my client’s motto from an early age on. Strongly encouraged by his parents, he founded his own company as quickly as possible after graduating in his business studies. “My great role model is my uncle, who built a huge company out of nothing. His guiding principle has always been: “You just have to want it!”
Strengths such as goal orientation, assertiveness, and a willingness to take risks were therefore among my coachee´s core competencies.
His employees were able to deal quite well with his often stormy temper and dominant statements. However, the new employees of the former rival company showed resistance to his behaviour. As a sworn team, they constantly were finding ways to circumvent his instructions. “I have a bad feeling that everything is about to blow up in my face. What can I do?” Gradually, my client realized that his pressure was only creating counterpressure.