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Uber’s CEO needs some serious mentoring – fast

Rob Enderle | March 6, 2017
Uber’s Travis Kalanick lacks the experience to be an effective CEO, writes columnist Rob Enderle The answer is getting him a mentor, perhaps Joe Trucci.

Tucci’s deep corporate experience would also be invaluable with regard to Uber’s cultural problems, which have plagued the technology industry for some time and where Tucci had been effective during his own term as CEO.

The importance of mentoring

This used to be far more common than it currently is. With boards increasingly populated by financial types and the tendency to hire CEOs from outside rather than inside there is a dearth of folks who actually build the skills needed to be a successful CEO. Startups are particularly ugly because the team forming the company often has subject expertise, but lack core management skills and experience leading to the kinds of avoidable mistakes now plaguing Uber. We need more good mentors and we need more focus on the skills needed to match a mentor with the person they will be helping so the result is optimized.  

 

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