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Chainsaw Al: ‘Forget consensus’

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Former Sunbeam Chairman and CEO Albert Dunlap thinks relying on consensus is a copout.

“In consensus, you’re mitigating to less than the best decision,” explains Dunlap, whose critics called him “Chainsaw Al” for his ruthlessness in laying off people to boost profits.

“I think … you have to listen to what everyone has to say, but then you’ve got to make a decision, and that’s called leadership. Someone has to stand up and be accountable for the final decision.”

— Adapted from Success, J. Pincott, editor, Random House Reference.

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