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Category Archives: CEO failure modes

CEO Genome Project: What Constitutes a High-Performing CEO Part 2

In this second part of my interview with ghSMART principals Kim Powell and Dina Wang, we discuss common mistakes CEOs make and why boards often hire the wrong candidate.

|06 Feb 2018

CEO Genome Project: What Constitutes a High-Performing CEO Part 1

There is such a dearth of research about CEOs that I was excited to find out about ghSMART’s CEO Genome project. They have analyzed a decade’s worth of data from interviews and assessments of more than 2,000 CEOs and 17,000 C-suite executives.

|30 Jan 2018

How to Tell If Someone Is a Real CEO

This article is based on an article I published on Entrepreneur.com on January 20, 2017 titled “You’re a Real CEO When Your Company Is Bigger Than Your Title.

|25 Apr 2017

Transparency Primacy for CEOs

Technology reporter Rolfe Winkler recently published an article in The Wall Street Journal titled “When Startups Fail, Silicon Valley’s Millennial CEOs Like to Share Feelings.

|26 Jul 2016

Obama and Syria: A Lesson in CEO Credibility

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Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently released his book “A Passion for Leadership,” and it has a great lesson in CEO credibility. In it he discusses the situation in Syria.

|02 Feb 2016

Managing the Giant Flywheel of Business

John Allison, former CEO of BB&T, once told me that he thought CEOs should be evaluated not only on the performance of the company while they are CEO but also for several years after they leave. There is a momentum effect in every business.

|10 Nov 2015

Is Donald Trump a Leader?

I am constantly observing leaders to better understand how my three Cs model of credibility, competence and caring applies. Many people I know are shocked by the ability of Donald Trump to gather a large number of followers.

|06 Oct 2015

Lessons from GOP Presidential Race Disruptors

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I find the presidential race very interesting for what it can teach business leaders.

|22 Sep 2015

Just Do It: What Great Athletes & CEOs Have in Common

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I watched an incredible U.S. Open tennis match this past weekend, which I think provided a demonstrable lesson for CEOs.

|08 Sep 2015

A Zirtual Outsourcing of Financial Responsibility

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By now you have probably heard about Zirtual, the on-demand virtual assistant startup that closed up shop in the wee hours of August 10 and left 400 employees jobless overnight.

|18 Aug 2015

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