It would be tempting for Joseph Ianniello to think the replacement of Richard Parsons by Strauss Zelnick as CBS’s interim Chairman is no big deal. After all, he survived the CBS-Viacom board battle and court case. He survived the debacle of Les Moonves’ MeToo meltdown and came out on top as Interim CEO when Parsons came in and cleaned things up. Tempting to think no big deal, but wrong. Ianniello needs to hit a reset button and act like he’s in a new job with a new boss.
Fellow Forbes contributor Jonathan Berr described just how complicated this is in his article on Richard Parsons’ Abrupt Departure From CBS Board Adds To Backstage Drama. Ianniello needs to apply interim leadership thinking and new boss thinking at the same time, now.