Dannon CEO Gustavo Valle visited the School of Management on January 30, 2012 and had the opportunity to chat CEO-to-CEO with Dean Ken Freeman about running his multinational food company. Their discussion is part of our new “Conversations with Ken” video series.
In a packed Leede Arena at the Tuck Investiture Ceremony, Immelt told the MBA candidates to think globally, have the courage to make difficult decisions, be problem solvers, connect with people, and understand context...
external focus, imagination and creativity, decisiveness, clear thinking
Most CEOs spend the latter years of their professional lives giving presentations in high-pressure board rooms for select groups of middle-aged power brokers, not in lecture halls filled with green but eager M.B.A. students. However, a few opt to trade in their corner office for office hours and venture into the world of higher education...
Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo Inc., criticized fellow corporate leaders for failing to try hard enough to increase the ranks of women in upper management.
...Among the proposals backed by Ms. Nooyi: the creation of a private panel of big-business chiefs. This CEO commission would publish results of corporate efforts to expand the number of senior executive women – including "company scorecards and metrics" – and consider setting public targets for women's advancement...
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The 2011 Global CEO Survey documents a surprising level of confidence. Despite the uncertain environment, chief executives were nearly as confident of growth this year as they were in the boom years before the crisis.
How are leaders dealing with this level of complexity? What strategies are the most successful organizations employing to tap into new opportunities, and overcome the barriers to growth? To find out, we conducted over 1500 face-to-face interviews—the largest known study of its kind with CEOs from companies of all sizes across 60 countries, representing 33 industries...
This interview between Santiago Iniguez, dean of IE Business School and Mårten Mickos took place two months ago and the compromise to publish this today was made not knowing the European Commission's preliminary objections to the Oracle 7.4 B$ acquisition of Sun due to the MySQL part of the deal. (Here are a list of commentaries related to the proposed acquisition). The European Commission faces a January 19 deadline on whether to approve the planned takeover of Sun by Oracle, the world's second-largest business software maker.
Here are two posts on this blog about Marten and MySQL:
Santiago Iñiguez: What management thinker has most influenced you?
Peter Drucker was one of the most brilliant thinkers on management and leadership in the past one thousand years. His ideas are absolutely outstanding.
In these uncertain times what advice would you give to someone thinking of setting up their own business?
I like an answer that Linus Torvalds once gave about Open Source. Somebody asked him “Linus in what circumstances should I consider becoming an Open Source developer,” and he replied “only if there is nothing else in the world that you can see yourself doing”.
There are times when too many people try to be entrepreneurs. This was apparent during the Internet bubble when everybody was cheering on entrepreneurs, including governments who gave financial assistance. Indeed there were many who were not fit for it who tried and failed. Although a part of entrepreneurialism is that you try and fail and then you rise again, there were people who just really didn't have the mindset.
You have said that different types of personalities can be successful CEOs, what is the one trait that every successful CEO should have?
The one common trait of successful CEOs is that they know themselves and are confident about themselves. You also have to be convinced and committed to be an entrepreneur. It may look nice when you hear the success stories, but being an entrepreneur or CEO is very hard and nerve-wrecking work that typically takes many, many years to reach fruition.
As a CEO, everything I did was people related, and when it is people-related, it is also related to your own persona.