Christopher Kubasik, Incoming Lockheed Martin CEO, Ousted Over Alleged Improper Relationship: via HuffPost
November 12, 2012 Leave a comment
Christopher Kubasik, Incoming Lockheed Martin CEO, Ousted Over Alleged Improper Relationship: via HuffPost http://huff.to/S65KBX I’m of two minds about these types of conflicts. Sixty percent of relationships begin at work. That is a reality and it isn’t inherently a problem. In some cases it may be more likely to produce lasting relationships by allowing people to preview each other in a variety of situations and see how they react to stress and conflict. If you are around somebody 40 hours per week you know if they are an a-hole and probably have at least a generic idea of compatibility. On the other hand there are situations where it can create problems. When subordinates are involved there will always be a nagging question about how free the subordinate is to not be in the relationship. Disclosure may be important as a tool. In some cases disclosure may adequately address the problem. Of course an elliptical handling can also serve a process. The ultimate point of rules and laws is that if there is a problem there is something you can point to as a basis for taking action. Lockheed has balanced discretion with disclosure here. We don’t know if it is a technical transgression and they are being strict or if it is an eggregious transgression and they are being sparse with detail. A clear line can cause problems by rigidly applying rules in situations where they aren’t appropriate, and if not strict, people may come racing right up to the line. It may be better to have a mindset where if there is any doubt you don’t do it but leave some scope for discretion with rule enforcers.