“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Paul H. O’Neill, the former CEO of aluminum company Alcoa, was on his second day on the job as the company’s new leader when his secretary, a twenty-five-year Alcoa veteran, approached him to inquire when he was planning to join the local country club. After all, she added, every CEO before him had joined, and all the company’s current senior executives belonged.
It was just one of the perks of being in senior management.
O’Neill, however, wasn’t interested in joining the club in question and informed the secretary as much.… Read the rest