Bringing back the old boss

I always find it interesting when an organization brings back an old boss to help make the company successful again. What are the reasons behind it? Was the old boss that good or was the new boss that bad? Was it a failure in succession planning or a bad hiring? It could be all of the above. Here are some examples of companies bringing back old bosses:

  • Proctor & Gamble bringing back A.G. Lafley
  • Apple bringing back Steve Jobs
  • Dell Computers bringing back Michael Dell
  • InfoSys bringing back Narayana Murthy

In all cases (except InfoSys because Murthy was just brought back), the companies performed better when the old bosses came back. It makes you wonder why they left (or were asked to leave) in the first place. Maybe a classic case of “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.”