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(How) can one recognize a bad CEO upfront?

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

  Pam Brooks


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.

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