“Every management team needs at least one outlaw. An outlaw is someone who can’t live by the rules and is constantly challenging the status quo. These people are a pain to manage but they’re great at pushing the management team outside the box. On the other hand, one thing you can’t tolerate are bullies. Bullies -- rather than bring people out -- shut people down, and they’re an absolute cancer to the organization. Most CEOs including myself really struggle with a talented bully. That’s someone who individually does a great job, but they do it at the expense of an organization. And because it’s really hard to measure the impact they’re having on culture, on the rest of the team, I think we tend to discount it.” -- Craig Donato
What do you do about the rogue, the bully, the diva on a team?
Craig Donato is the founder and CEO of Oodle, a consumer internet company whose mission is to provide online tools that make it easier to buy, sell, and give locally. Found online at www.oodle.com, Oodle is currently available in several markets, including Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, and Dallas, among others.
Prior to Oodle, Donato was CEO of Grand Central Communications, which provides an internet service for business-to-business integration.
Before joining Grand Central, Donato was a senior vice president at Excite@Home where he oversaw the Excite Search and Community business units and managed Network Programming.
Donato holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.