I'm in a senior leadership role at a tech startup. We're players in our space and killing the market but behind the scenes it's a horribly run company. The company has struggled with two things: 1, integrating M&A assets and 2, a more dysfunctional than normal C-suite.
In this economy, it's been a challenge to hit numbers. We're cashflow positive fortunately but it's still hard to close deals right now. Considering the dysfunction and the economy, I've witnessed some staff outright lying and misrepresenting data for customer/prospect requests in which to close deals.
I've walked fine lines and dove into grey areas in the past -- this is not that. You're just going to have to trust me when I say there are problems with the company just outright lying to customers.
Coupled with Sales throwing me under the bus multiple times, I escalated the lying and contract liability issues to the C-suite on account of the risk that poses to the business.
As you can imagine, it hasn't gone well for me. The mental gymnastics these C levels have gone through to justify what Sales has done and turn this personally around on me is something else.
As such, I'm looking elsewhere. Already had some offers (turned 2 down) and currently have a strong lead on another role.
When I resign, not that I'm an "empire builder", it will have short term impact on the business. The VP I report to has been good to me and my staff is wonderful. I'd like to minimize any impact.
Should I give my VP a heads up that I'm looking elsewhere so he can start planning my succession and avoid being blindsided by my resignation or do I just say fuck it and submit a resignation in the generally accepted professional manner when the time comes?