Case Study: Balancing Team Support and Executive Pressure

Sid Mustafa
March 8, 2024

In the dynamic realm of a tech start-up known for its innovative products, Mia, an Engineering Manager, shines as a pillar of support. She’s led her team through several successful product launches, earning praise for their creativity and dedication. However, a challenge from senior management casts a shadow over these achievements.

The team’s hard work is starting to take its toll, not due to Mia’s leadership but from the VP of Engineering’s intense pressure for continuous success, which is silently wearing the team down.

The Breaking Point

Mia notices signs of burnout among her team members:

  • Lowered engagement 
  • Declining quality
  • Rising absenteeism

Unfortunately, despite her efforts to advocate for her team, the VP’s high expectations remain unchanged.

Consequences of Disconnected Leadership

The continuous push for excellence has led to a decline in product quality, customer satisfaction and team morale, with Mia’s protective efforts overshadowed by the VP’s demands.

The Crucial Realisation

A turning point occurs when a key team member resigns due to unsustainable work conditions, prompting Mia to address the situation directly with the VP, highlighting the risk to the team’s well-being and the company’s reputation.

The Key Question

How can Mia effectively convey the seriousness of the situation to the VP and champion her team’s health without compromising the company’s ambitious targets?

Seeking Your Guidance

As leaders who have faced similar challenges, what advice would you offer Mia? What strategies can help maintain team morale while achieving the company’s goals?

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