Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made headlines the other day by encouraging employees to say they ‘have the D’, which despite its phallic connotation, is actually a strategy from Harvard Business School to make meetings more efficient.
Today, the CEO was able to make headlines once again by establishing that the company can’t function without him.
At the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on May 30, Recode’s Kara Swisher asked the tech executive, “What’s the thing that scares you the most, right now, as CEO?”
“What scares me the most is that the company’s too dependent on me making decisions,” Khosrowshahi responded.
I can’t blame the all of the Uber employees for wanting to rely on Dara’s intuition. Travis Kalenick was the equivalent of a dad that says he’s going to take you out to see a movie because mom wants the kids to get out of the house, but instead he takes to you to a raging dumpster fire that you watch while he crushes a 6-pack of Icehouse tall boys and thumbs through a few Hustlers. Then after his departure, Dara comes in and takes you to ice cream, baseball games, and the amusement park.
Now, he is at the stage when parents decide if it’s appropriate to leave their kids at home alone or not. It’s daunting because you don’t know what the kids have learned from their previous dad. He knows the kid can feed himself and stay entertained, but there is the lurking fear that when he comes home from the pilates class, the house is going to be burnt to the ground.
This fear is rational and he attributes it to the fact that he has been too good at being CEO
Khosrowshahi says he has been overly focused on getting tasks accomplished and hasn’t yet invested enough time in developing Uber’s leadership.
“I haven’t spent enough time on kind of putting my team together,” Khosrowshahi says. “I’ve spent a little too much time doing,” he says.
The changes to Uber since his arrival have been beneficial, but they just haven’t given him enough time to focus on a new staff. However, he plans on making it a priority in the future.
“I gotta get the team,” Khosrowshahi tells Swisher, “and that team has to get aligned so hopefully they can just fly without me.”
Uber upper management has been suckling from the now chapped teet of their CEO, but once Khosrowshahi is able to put his team together and build their confidence, he will be able to walk around the Uber offices with his nipples band-aid free.