Recognizing a Bad/Poor CEO Upfront

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Antonio, Italia

Recognizing a Bad/Poor CEO Upfront

Is it possible to see upfront if a CEO is likely to perform bad after (s)he is appointed?

  Pam Brooks, USA
 

Bad CEO

Yes you can tell if you know what you are looking for. I am a certified behavior analyst and work with a large executive staffing firm here in the US. I have helped them with all of their top placements and they have been amazingly accurate for the past three years. (Thinking, Behaviors, Motivation) the three keys to understand.

  Gopalakrishna Bhat
Project Manager, India
 

Recognizing a Bad CEO

I am not sure if you are referring to the behavioral or functional aspect of CEO. In my opinion, one can identify behavioral aspects very quickly.
However the functional part can not be evaluated immediately. There are different ways for performing same task though! Time and results would answer that.

  Gilbert Mlongoti Sinjani
Manager, Zambia
 

Recognizing a Bad CEO

This is a great question. My question to you is: what role is (s)he coming to perform? Transformational (leading change) or transactional (business as usual)?
Irrespective, you can consider the values of both the incoming CEO and those of the firm (value dynamics). Remember that a firm takes on (to a great extent) the values of its CEO, which form the firm's values and culture. Values (from cultures and beliefs) drive behaviour which drives performance.
The values of the CEO can be determined from past performance (consider the culture created in the firm, business unit, or department (s)he is coming from) versus the firm (s)he is coming to. If there is a close relationship then (s)he is likely to perform well in a transactional setting, otherwise (s)he will perform well in transforming the firm.
The board should determine this before selecting a CEO whether from within or without of the firm.

  Tj de Nordwall, Belgium
 

Recognizing a Bad CEO

There's no science behind this observation but my own observations (during 10 yr consulting): - The new CEOs who had mo...

  D. Liely
United States
 

Recognizing a Good CEO

I agree wholeheartedly with Tj. It has been my experience over 30 years under various leaders in various roles, transact...

  Milan Grkovic
Strategy Consultant, Croatia
 

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