Monday, May 29, 2006

CEO lies

Guy Kawasaki has posted the Top 16 Lies of CEOs.  I especially like these few:

“I wanted to do this, but the board wouldn’t let me.” This is a cop out. A good CEO tells the board what she wants to do. She doesn’t seek permission—forgiveness maybe, but never permission. So this statement means one of two things: the CEO didn’t really try her best to get something approved or the board is losing confidence in the CEO.

“I will gladly step aside when the time comes.” Sure, with a $10 million severance package, who wouldn’t be glad to step aside?

As a bonus, Kawasaki includes these 4 things that we’d all like our CEOs to say:

  1. “I don’t know.”

  2. “Thank you.”

  3. “Do what’s right.”

  4. “It’s my fault.”

Read the whole post.


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