Category: Personality

Zuckerberg & The Metaverse Underscore Why CEOs & Management Teams Matter

Zuckerberg & The Metaverse Underscore Why CEOs & Management Teams Matter

When you invest in a company (public or private), you're betting on the CEO and management team, not a product or service. A CEO can torpedo or lift a company's prospects overnight. Microsoft under former CEO Steve Ballmer and current CEO Satya Nadella underscores the importance of the CEO. Ballmer was a Marketing exec that … Continue reading Zuckerberg & The Metaverse Underscore Why CEOs & Management Teams Matter

META’s Downside Risk

META’s Downside Risk

Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur at heart, not an operator. Therein lies the problem. Our view is that as the macro environment continues to slow and as the original Facebook and Instagram platforms underperform, Zuckerberg will pull investment forward on his metaverse initiative. The metaverse is what interests Zuckerberg and that's where he will spend his … Continue reading META’s Downside Risk

CEOs That Put Themselves First

CEOs That Put Themselves First

"G" is the most important letter in "ESG" investing. "G" or "Governance" refers to the men and women who comprise corporate management teams and Boards. Management - the CEO in particular - matters a great deal as to the long-term success of any company. Too frequently CEOs and Boards put Executive Compensation ahead of corporate … Continue reading CEOs That Put Themselves First

Cult of CEO Personality

Cult of CEO Personality

A CEO's personality offers insights into how that CEO leads his/her company. For example, NLP techniques applied to earnings call transcripts uncover CEO personality attributes that speak to a propensity for undertaking unnecessary risk. For example, Tesla CEO Elon Musk scores low in a couple of key areas (analysis HERE), such that his "outside the … Continue reading Cult of CEO Personality

Investors Should Ask More of Their Management Teams

Investors Should Ask More of Their Management Teams

One of the great distortions caused by the joint fiscal and monetary policy of 2020 and 2021 is that equities and the lowest-rated non-investment grade credits are two of the all too rare places where investors may earn a return. Savers and Fixed Income investors be damned. Many companies are enjoying their stocks trading at … Continue reading Investors Should Ask More of Their Management Teams

CEO Quality Matters. Warren Buffett Agrees.

CEO Quality Matters. Warren Buffett Agrees.

Over the weekend Warren Buffett stated that poor leadership is the greatest risk facing companies. Mr. Buffett is preaching to the choir and knows a thing or two about bad leadership having lived through scandal and CEO turnover at Wells Fargo while Berkshire was a large holder. Coca Cola - another Berkshire holding - hasn't … Continue reading CEO Quality Matters. Warren Buffett Agrees.