Leadership Matters – Ballmer vs. Bezos

Leaders that fixate on defending and extending past successes, like Steve Ballmer at Microsoft, actually harm the company’s ability to grow and create value. Leaders that fixate on market shifts and how to participate in new markets and invest in game changers, like Jeff Bezos at Amazon, do grow and create value. Too few companies recognize this, and too few leaders are behaving effectively.

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Will Meg Whitman be more like Steve Jobs, or Carol Bartz?

The media has enjoyed a field day last week amidst the ouster of Leo Apotheker as Hewlett Packard’s CEO and appointments of former Oracle executive Ray Lane as Executive Chairman and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman as CEO.  There have been plenty of jabs at the Board, which apparently hired Mr. Apotheker without everyone even…

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