I saw this show on the Food Network where a bunch of celebrity cake designers had to work in teams in order to create showpiece cakes. The cakes that these teams produced were some of the worst cakes ever made on the show. These cake designers normally competed against one another, so it was inevitable that getting them to work together would only end up in disaster.
The reason why this dynamic didn’t work was because they had too many leaders on the same team. There were too many competing ideas and competing egos. Rather than going with one clear vision and having everyone back it, the cakes ended up looking disjointed in vision. There was a lot of baking going on, but nothing good was coming out of those kitchens.
It reminded me of a client that had multiple coaches, advisors, and consultants. It would be one thing if each person specialized in something, but there was actually a lot of overlap. The worst part was that none of these people met each other. They all met with him individually, but never in the same room.
As a result, the projects he wanted to work on never really pushed forward, and he was working 16 hours a day. I’m willing to bet he could have cut that schedule in half if he didn’t have so many meetings to go to.
Having so many consultants give him different – and sometimes conflicting – advice on branding, web design, and sales only made him appear busy, but his business wasn’t moving forward. Nothing was getting done.
When you have too many chefs in the kitchen, all you end up with is disaster.