When business guru Marcus Lemonis met the owner of catering company Honest Foods, he quickly sensed a problem: The boss didn't know how to treat his employees.
Despite its savory food and 8 percent net profits, the Chicagoland team was on the verge of a mutiny and the business on the brink of demise.
"If you really genuinely don't change, everybody at some point will walk out and you'll lose your business and I'll lose my money and they'll be gone," Lemonis, host of CNBC's "The Profit," warned on this week's episode.
Tad Devlin, known for having a controlling, temperamental nature, was constantly nervous about losing his business, so he transferred his panic onto his 12 employees.
"He worries that other people aren't doing their jobs, then he interferes and then he wonders why people can't do their job," Lemonis said.
Impressed with the company's mouth-watering food, Lemonis offered Honest Foods $300,000 for 33 percent of the business and proffered advice to Devlin on how to be a better leader.
Lemonis advised Devlin to cede control, delegate more tasks and trust his employees.