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Boss’ spouse is ruining the company. Help!

I’m an Art Director at a small design agency run by a woman. She has operated the business successfully for over 15 years. She remarried 5 years back and brought her copy writing husband on board as the VP. Problem is he is dragging the business down. The quality of his work is rapidly declining, he’s becoming arrogant, and he is constantly creating fires for us to put out. How do I tell her that she needs to discipline him more or find him a replacement? She can’t afford to bring another person on.
I am planning to leave the company soon, but for the sake of my other co-workers I want to express my concerns to her without revealing I am on my way out and to ensure she will not only listen but act. She avoids confrontation, we’ve already lost clients and a great employee because of him (two after I leave), and she enables him to continue with his behavior rather than discipline him. I need some guidance on how to approach my boss about her VP/husband.
Thanks for hosting such a great forum!

intro Boss spouse is ruining the company. Help!There’s honestly no point in trying to tell her anything. It’s her husband — entirely different situation than a VP that she’s not sleeping with. It’s also her company. She probably sees pretty well what’s going on. The fact that she’s not able or willing to deal with his shortcomings is not something you can change. Get on with your life and wish them well when you go.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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