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Your CEO’s Personality Influences His/Her Ability to Scale

Your CEO’s Personality Influences His/Her Ability to Scale

It is true. Your CEO’s personality influences his/her ability to scale (among other things). It may seem self-evident. One’s intuition may suggest such a relationship between personality traits and workplace effectiveness. Well, it is more than a hunch. Published research demonstrates a relationship between CEO personality traits and company performance.

Gow, Kaplan, Larcker and Zakolyukina used the Big 5 personality framework to conduct their research. The Big 5 personality framework consists of the following 5 personality traits:

  1. Openness: CEOs who score high in this area are intellectually curious, value uncommon thought processes, are creative thinkers, are less prone to selective perception bias, exhibit strategic flexibility and encourage experimentation and risk-taking.
  2. Conscientiousness: CEOs who score highly in this segment are achievement-oriented, results and performance-driven. They also run the risk of selective perception bias and of having a narrow field of vision. 
  3. Extraversion: CEOs that score highly in this category are energetic, enthusiastic and forcefully communicate their ideas. They are more likely to initiate a change of strategic direction and are less likely to seek input and ideas from direct reports. 
  4. Agreeableness: CEOs in this category are typically trusting, avoid conflict, may avoid making difficult decisions, prefer flat organizational structures and seek to build consensus. 
  5. Neuroticism: CEOs overweight this category are more prone to psychological stress and are prone to anxiety and hostility. They may have a negative bias when digesting new information. 

We have contemplated embedding CEO Personality Analytics into our CEORater platform for over a year. My view is that this capability could have broad application for institutional investors, Board members, executive recruiters and C-Level executives.

We are testing data as we speak. Personality trait assignment is executed using information readily available in the public domain (transcripts, public blog posts, etc.). I plan to share the output from our research in the coming weeks and months.  

 

Apple Is Well-Positioned to Lead A Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revolution<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

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Welcome to Apple Health Apple recently announced that this spring it will release an update to its iOS for iPhones and iPads that will include a new “Health Records” feature that will provide access to personal medical records covering allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals. Given the ubiquity of the iPhone we…

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Cybersecurity Overheated? LPs Beware<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

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It feels to us that the Cybersecurity venture market is a bit overheated (listen to our recent podcast on the subject, Ep. 104 CEORater Podcast). The National Venture Capital Association does not break out the Software industry by subsector, therefore it’s difficult to find precise numbers. However, our unscientific analysis (industry publications, reported deal flow,…

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AT&T’s Proposed Acquisition of Time Warner – Justice Department is Misguided<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

AT&T’s Proposed Acquisition of Time Warner – Justice Department is MisguidedPremium 

AT&T Ought to Be Allowed to Acquire Time Warner “As Is” AT&T (T) ought to be allowed to acquire Time Warner (TWX) “as is” (earlier today AT&T extended the deal close deadline to April 22 2018). It is puzzling why the Justice Department would push back on the deal. We recently covered the topic in…

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Autonomous Vehicle Ecosystem: Winners and Losers<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

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As the automobile sector transitions to autonomous vehicles we decided to publish our thoughts on prospective segment winners and losers across the automotive ecosystem. Our analysis assumes that the Automotive OEMs have achieved a baseline level of autonomous capability. We expect for the OEMs to develop autonomous capability via a three-pronged approach: 1.) internal R&D, 2.)…

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Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, More M&A

Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, More M&A

Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, More M&A

In this edition of the CEORater Podcast we cover:

1.) Autonomous driving teaser..

2.) Perhaps Microsoft (MSFT) ought to acquire Anaplan and other SaaS/cloud Financial Management tools to create an upgrade glide path for Excel? We think so. Infor would do well to follow a similar M&A path.

3.) Uber the latest company to suffer a publicized data breach. We sound like a broken record regarding the subject of Cybersecurity.

4.) Meg Whitman steps down at HPE. IT Services and Technology-Enabled Services companies would be wise to acquire Enterprise Software companies. Such acquisitions would be margin accretive, EPS accretive, would bolster valuations and perhaps most importantly would begin to move the Services vendors out of the commodity services space and into a sector where they would own IP.

 

The Auto Sector is as Fluid as Any. Who Will Dominate in an Autonomous, AI-Driven World?

WSJ article: Toyota’s Talking Car Wants to Be Your Clingy BFF

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Embedded voice-based intelligence/AI within the automobile – one more reason for Apple, Amazon, Google/Alphabet and Microsoft to insert/expand their footprint within the auto sector. Vehicles are feature-rich and lend themselves well to voice-based commands/ AIs. Each of Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft could readily (and in some cases do) open their respective AI platforms to auto OEMs for the purpose of embedding AI technology within the vehicle. The more strategic question however is whether “success” in this space necessitates that AAPL, AMZN, GOOG and MSFT own automobile operations. Google (via Waymo) and Apple are pushing forward. Will Amazon and Microsoft seek to “own” manufacturing in an effort to increase learnings in the auto sector? Other than autonomous vehicles, what will be the practical global reality 25-50 years forward regarding automobile ownership? Will today’s 20-somethings largely be ridesharers in 2050, or, will they own modular vehicles that may be customized like a mobile phone? The latter scenario would likely prove to be profitable for the automotive aftermarket sector to a degree it has yet to enjoy. Regardless of the practical reality AI will be deeply embedded in vehicles.