- Tough Leaders for Tough Times
- Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!
- Ron Johnson, JCPenney
- Thorstein Heins, Research In Motion
- Wayne Sales, Supervalu
- John Maguire, Friendly’s
- Louis D’Ambrosio, Sears
- Donald Layton, Freddie Mac
- Karl-Erling Trogen, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB
- Patrick Donahoe, U.S. Postal Service
- ?, Best Buy
It seems to me that there is an ‘indifferent’ attitude that prevails by many employees who are not in leadership roles. I know this because 'I was one of them' until I started my own business nine years ago and now specialise working with executives. It's very easy to sit on the side lines and think that you could do it much better - that is, until you are in the role and then you see it from another perspective.
Until the U.S. understands that engineers make money, and CEOs get their hands on money, and what the difference is, our economy will continue to struggle. While Marissa's role change is undoubtedly moving "up" in income and "status", I expect her actual benefit in terms of wealth-creation has declined correspondingly.
Funny. CEOs as saviors. Please. They buy a few assets, divest a few others, build up some quick short-term profits by axing some expenses on the income statement and cash out a few years later. Rinse and repeat. American corporate culture today is old, stank and out of date. It's counterproductive to real innovation.
After spending some time working in a few large corporations, I realized they're all the same. They never listen to their workers in the field. They preach from the mount a few times a year and that's about it. I always loved it when a district honcho would come grace us with his presence. They would come in dripping with fake enthusiasm and then start the one-way conversation. They rarely if ever asked us what was happening on the ground or our thoughts about how we could improve things.