“If you look in the mirror and don’t see plenty of flaws, you’re delusional,” says tech consultant Steve Tobak. “And companies are entirely made up of imperfect people, just like you.” Still, he says, some leaders “more or less” know what they’re doing.
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Men who reach the top engage in rituals of initiation introducing up-and-comers to key players. “I think we can use them as a model,” says Carol Johnson, a member of the first generation of women on Wall Street.
Allison Evanow was sleeping one summer night when it hit her. She woke up next morning, turned to her husband and said, “I have this crazy idea.” Already working in the spirits industry, Evanow had noticed a “sophisticated and energized cocktail movement” ...
When Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang hired Terry Semel in 2001 to rescue his web portal, eyebrows arched. Semel had barely used a computer. What he had done was prove himself as a dealmaker and people person. Semel even claimed his lack of technical knowledge was good because it made him a “typical user.”