Ms. Mayer's role is not to be satisfied with the status quo, but to shake things up and revive an iconic company that stood on the brink of irrelevance. These are the tough decisions. If Marissa were Matt Mayer, would the response have been different?
The 10 leaders profiled below represent different industries, different disciplines, and even a few different countries, but they all share one thing in common - they're all CEO ready. Meet my predictions (in no particular order) for the next crop of chief executives...
Apple shareholders will meet this week for their annual meeting. No shareholder meeting in recent memory has been this chock full of behind-the-scenes drama, intrigue and lawsuits than this year's conclave. It's clearly the most important week in Tim Cook's stewardship.
Empathy proved especially difficult for me whenever I felt vulnerable. My instinctive response was to protect myself, most often with aggression. I equated aggression with safety, and vulnerability with weakness. Today, I recognize the opposite is often true.
Most bosses have been skillfully coached to conduct themselves in public in ways where they appear to care about building trust despite how they may vary in actual leadership choices. Can there be a more management mantra than "build trust" with key constituents?
Let's face it -- unless you're a U.S. Supreme Court Justice or tenured professor, "job security" is an oxymoron these days.
There are a number of ways to handle this conflict that arises between the maker in you and the manager in you.
Given the amount of time and money invested in presidential searches, and the cost of failure, I'm convinced that the time is ripe for executive search professionals to reexamine how they approach their work and to make adjustments as warranted.
As the year ends, a shout-out for building responsible executive reputation is in order. We are lucky to have leaders like Bill Gates and Bill Clinton who have devoted their next chapters to responsible endeavors that make a difference. Reputations can be burnished in surprising ways.
As Warren Buffett once said, "Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing." No organization wants to run the risk of having leaders who don't know what they are doing and with this year's research, we see some fear that this is exactly what is going on.
For those of you who know me, this growth opportunity in the past year has been learning to ride and work on motorcycles. Thanks to a close friend, this past month we decided to try a Track Day at the Barber Motor speedway near Birmingham, Ala.
More than 30 million people could be denied entry, detained or deported from 45 countries worldwide. They are neither terrorists, criminals nor drug dealers. The reason? They live with HIV.
In the name of "fiscal responsibility," the self-interested CEOs animating Fix the Debt are pushing a deficit reduction plan that would lower taxes for corporations and the super-rich while slashing programs central to the middle class and those working their way into it.
Does the route to a company's top spot -- outside hire versus homegrown talent -- make any difference to a CEO's effectiveness and ultimate success? Let's take a closer look.
It's no surprise that CEOs are drumming up "fiscal cliff" hysteria to protect their wealth. But choosing Caesar's Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman to deliver their message on NPR demonstrates once again how shameless the very rich are in their contempt for the 99 percent.
Although the election is behind us, the Republicans and Corporate America have rolled out a front group that's promoting the proposals of failed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a way to resolve the fiscal showdown.