VP of Special Projects

VP, Special Projects: we’ve all known one, and we know it’s the kiss of death. It’s also a lie. So why even invent it to begin with? If you’re a leader and you’ve decided to give someone the boot, give it. But then don’t lie, twist or fudge it by giving it a special moniker – VP of Special Projects, Minister without Portfolio – along with some finely crafted fairytale about how “Joey is transitioning to a strategic role.” Bullshit. If you’re leader enough to make the decision, be leader enough to stand behind it. Otherwise, you’re not a leader at all. You’re a coward, and everybody knows it. Even you.