Every organization, from baseball teams like the Yankees to nonprofits to entrepreneurial organizations to Fortune 500 companies, struggle with deciding when to replace the leader.Sometimes it appears to be obvious because the organization is struggling. It is losing money, market share or games. Other times it isn't so obvious, because the company appears to be doing well. To the casual observer with little experience at running an organization, everything seems cut and dried. If the leader produces, he or she keeps the job. For those who don't produce, the guard at the gate is holding a box with their possessions and demanding their security pass. But it isn't as simple as all that. As I write this column, the Yankees, with 13 straight playoff appearances -- with six pennants and four World Series titles over that span -- are seriously considering showing their future Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre the door. Should Joe go? When reviewing a leader's performance, you have to look at the following seven reasons for making a switch: 1. Relevance: There are leaders who maintain the top job because they are creative thinkers. They are the visionaries. On the other hand, sometimes leaders see the world as it used to be and not as it is. I once worked with the CEO of a computer distribution company. He built the company from zero to $300 million. Microsoft ( MSFT) was battling IBM ( IBM) for the hearts and minds of those choosing computer operating systems. It was obvious from speaking with CIOs that Microsoft was winning, but this CEO refused to believe Big Blue could lose because he liked its product.