This week I have a special five-part podcast series where I am joined by Amii Barnard-Bahn to review some of the top business leadership failures of 2019.  Today, in our first episode, we take a look at leadership lessons from the rise and fall of Adam Neumann, the former CEO of WeWork. Some of the issues we explore in this podcast include:

  • How did a charismatic, eccentric and inexperienced Founder CEO went boom ($47B valuation) to bust, all in the space of a few short months?
  • How and why did Neumann create a toxic culture with major conflicts of interest and poor corporate governance.
  • Neumann was forced out, the company’s IPO postponed and its future remains to be seen.
  • Have investors have finally had it with startups that aren’t following basic rules of monetary gravity? Have we turned a corner?

About Amii 

Amii Barnard-Bahn, JD, PCC, CCEP, CCEP-I  is an executive coach who specializes in accelerating the success of legal and compliance executives and their teams. A leadership columnist for Compliance Week and Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Coaching, Amii previously shaped company culture and strategic initiatives as an executive (CAO, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief Human Resources Officer) at companies such as McKesson and Allianz. Forbes has recognized Amii as “one of the top coaches for legal and compliance executives.”

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