On a February 2016 earnings call, Salesforce execs crowed about having “the absolute best quarter we have ever had,” capping off “a breakthrough year.” Management attributed this “amazing” success" to "an all-time high in the number of large transactions” including a net-new nine-figure deal, a nine-figure renewal and more than 600, seven-figure plus transactions.
Come 2016, you’ll find new faces in many CEO offices. Organizations like Starwood Hotels, Owens-Illinois, LL Bean, and others have announced top leadership changes and their priorities for 2016.
You may think all CEOs have the same goals in mind—grow the company, grow profits, be leaner. Well, sure. But that’s just the broadest of strokes. Just as you may—mistakenly—assume that all CXO personas are alike, you’d also be wrong in thinking all CEO issues, drivers, and goals are identical. As you’re planning a conversation with someone new entering the C-suite, you need to know what exactly they’re up against and what their plans are to satisfy both customers and shareholders.
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Corporate executives at large, global companies live a rarefied existence. They also have immense responsibility. Their organizations employ thousands--sometimes hundreds of thousands--and their decisions can literally change the world. These powerful leaders come from many different backgrounds and beliefs and all have experience and perspectives on what it means--and what it takes--to lead. Here are some compelling leadership perspectives from some of the of the world’s most successful CXOs on what true leadership looks like to them.
The results took into account the total number of employees at these companies. So for example, while GE seems to churn out a large number of corporate chiefs (26), it has a pool of 300,000 employees, while McKinsey (16 CEO alumni) has only 11,000.
Here are the top ten CEO factories, as reported by the study:
2. Deloitte & Touche
3. Baxter International
4. Pricewaterhouse Coopers
5. Ernst & Young
6. Merrill Lynch
9. Procter & Gamble
10. General Electric
Looks like professional services firms–in accounting and consulting–are a good breeding ground for future leaders. I would attribute this not only to these companies' excellent training programs, but also to the access that consultants get to the senior execs of client organizations. And as we know, the ability to make contact–and make an impression–with senior execs is one of the best ways to advance your career.
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