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Ruth Glover
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Re: Making good decision
Ruth Glover   5/28/2013 3:41:50 PM
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Since we "own" our careers, the same as the CEO may own his or her start-up, we make similar decisions about moving our careers forward.  When is it time to say, "I can't do this any more!"  When is time to dig farther into making it work?  That's rhetorical, of course.  

TaimoorZ
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Re: Making good decision
TaimoorZ   5/28/2013 2:19:45 PM
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@Ruth: I think start-ups are very interesting when it comes to the role of CEO. One on hand, the CEO (who's usually the owner and the founder) cannot afford to completely let go of his baby and be run by managers. On the other hand, if he continues to focus too much on the day-to-day mundane tasks, the strategic decision making and long-term growth of the business will be impacted.

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pocharle   5/24/2013 9:17:37 AM
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Leadership is especially critical in these instances. All of the people you mentioned in the flat hierarchy need to have some really good mentoring. This way, they can quickly see the error in their ways and pivot before leading their companies down dark paths.

tech4people
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Re: Making good decision
tech4people   5/24/2013 9:10:00 AM
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Himanshu,

Correct-This is where Flexibility(especially from The Founders) is essential.

You need to understand when to Let Go(and let others more experienced/Knowledgeable than yourself) come in and run the Show.

This where Founders fail more often than not.

tech4people
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Re: Making good decision
tech4people   5/24/2013 8:57:29 AM
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Ruth,

Yes we most certainly seem to be sharing similar thoughts here!

Himanshugupta
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Re: Making good decision
Himanshugupta   5/23/2013 2:17:17 AM
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i have personal experience of working in a startup company and the organization in such companies is usually flat. Most people wear two or three hats at the same time. The co-founders are usually CEOs or CTOs or VPs and know the company like the back of their hand. But as the company grows so do the needs and complexities.

Ruth Glover
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Re: Making good decision
Ruth Glover   5/22/2013 4:34:14 PM
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Sorry for my lack of clarity.  I think sometimes CEO's don't pay close enough attention to what is going on and paying too much attention to the money and PR, but the one who can balance the myriad of issues, such as people, technology, product development, sales, etc., will probably do well.  As a small company grows, finding the right people to delegate the different issues competently helps, but there still needs to be serious awareness of what is happening.  We are probably singing the same song!

tech4people
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Re: Making good decision
tech4people   5/22/2013 3:47:36 PM
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Ruth,

Not clear.

Are you trying to say its okay in a Tech company if you Don't know the product as long as you know how to Make Money?

Sounds a little over-optimistic to me personally.

Tech companies need CEOs who are aware and know what works and what does'nt.

Else they can very easily be washed out by the Latest and Greatest competitors around.

 

Ruth Glover
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Re: Making good decision
Ruth Glover   5/22/2013 3:19:34 PM
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I've certainly seen CEOs that know nothing about certain technologies but in start ups, the CEO for a tech product can, indeed, become overly involved in the day to day issues.  The better ones know they must shake the money tree but be very aware of what is going on in the home office.

TaimoorZ
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Re: Making good decision
TaimoorZ   5/22/2013 2:24:27 PM
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"In a large supply chain, the CEO may not understand the technology of the chip in the system, but, hopefully, has good leadership that report to him or her"

@Ruth: From what I've seen, if the CEO is very technical in nature and gets into the minute details, he's likely to compromise on his leadership role and this may eventually hurt the business in the long run.


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