September 8, 2006

HP Shenanigans

I keep thinking how ironic it is that Hewlett-Packard is in the news again and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina's memoir is about to be published in October. Her book, Tough Choices, would undoubtedly be a hit without the headline making news coming out of...

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September 7, 2006

Chaos in the Corporate Suite

September seems to have cast a spell in the C-suite. Chairman Bill Ford hires a new CEO from Boeing to run the auto giant. An outsider no less! Viacom's chairman Sumner Redstone ousts CEO Tom Freston after nine months. Revelations that the HP board sought...

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September 4, 2006

Getting Back to Business

The business pages of the U.S. top tier media (including the Financial Times) were pretty slim over the past few days. I guess no big news is good news. Everyone needs a breather. The race begins tomorrow as we all head into the last quarter. As...

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September 2, 2006

The Vanishing CEO

What happens if we run out of people who want to be CEOs? It is quite possible that when the baby boomers ride off into the sunset and we are left with the much smaller generation of 35 to 44 year olds, we are not...

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August 30, 2006

New Reality Show: CEO Exits

"Leadership transitions have all the interest of a wake, a birth and a wedding all rolled into one,” says Judith McLaughlin, Harvard professor and expert on university searches. Her quote (which I saved) made me think about how every CEO departure triggers a corporate drama regardless...

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August 27, 2006

CEO Bashing

I have to say that sometimes it just gets plain funny. There are so many forms of CEO-bashing today that it has become a legitimate sport. I recall one study concluding that most CEOs are sociopaths at heart. Another found that CEOs tend to have...

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August 25, 2006

Cisco Monthly Breakfasts with Chambers

Several years ago I came across the Cisco website and was so impressed with a CEO monthly calendar that kept track of employee breakfasts. As a keeper of all things large and small when it comes to CEOs, I used the calendar in presentations to...

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August 20, 2006

Getting to the Top of the Class

BusinessWeek's entire double issue this week is about competition (August 21/28). There are several interesting facts about what it takes to win according to their poll of 2,500 American managers and executives. One question was about who would make a better CEO? The choices were...

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August 18, 2006

Welch VS Fortune

Worth reading the letters to Fortune about their cover story on Jack Welch no longer being the management sage. They are in the August 21, 2006 issue and on Fortune's website. Fortune got what they wanted -- lots of publicity and reader discussion. Welch responded...

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August 16, 2006

Executive Search

Was reading a fascinating Harvard Business School case study on Egon Zehnder International, the executive search consultant. The firm has a very distinct culture that is worth emulating. The case study describes the history of the firm and its focus on partnership and collaboration. I...

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