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Wally Bock

In the short term, nasty CEOs can often get away with it. Like it or not, there are lots of slave ships out there making pretty good time.

But the job of the CEO is to lead the way to long term competitive advantage and profitability. "Long term" is important here because the best long term competitive advantage is built on people and relationships. If you rip away at those in the short term, they won't be there when they're needed.

Sam Sellars

I'm finally working with a company where we have a competent, hard working, and intelligent CEO who loves to compete, but is human enough to shake the hands of those of us on the bottom rung. He has created an open and fun working environment where you want to work hard.

It is a refreshing change from an organization where my director gave me a dirty look for a saying a project was not even close to completion. Of course, that is not only thing that happened. I left and now the person they hired to take my place sees that the organization is dysfunctional. I cannot believe it that some people do not see their meanness causes continual project delays, not the people who you blame.

Bob Prosen

Tough but fare is what a CEO needs to be. Hard on results and easy on people along with being responsible to people not for what they produce. I found this approach most effective. CEO's are ultimately judged by their ability to meet the bottom line. The great ones know they do this through people.
Bob Prosen

Peter Cranstone

Years ago I was told the following... you need to be accountable and responsible. To that I added "transparent". Combine all three things and focus on doing the right thing with respect and integrity and you'll make progress. Throwing chairs smacks of "emotional immaturity" or in other words, being an asshole and not someone you want to work alongside let alone for.

Cheers,

Peter

Mike Sporer

The "Dear Bob" letter centered around the ego of the CEO and really skirted the issue of producing results. To me, the unchecked ego of a CEO leads to his early demise. When a CEO puts his ego at the front, people will tell him what he wants to hear. It is similar to the fear response.

A CEO needs to be humble enough to hire people better than himself. Without collaboration, even the best of us are apt to fail. The response was perfect.

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