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  • Are You CEO Material?

    Brodsky suggests there’s no tried-and-true formula for evaluating a prospective CEO. Ultimately, the proof is in the pudding: how does the company perform? By the time you see the results, however, it may be too late.

    Upstart: Management

    Ask yourself…
    Sooner or later, every growing company reaches a point at which the entrepreneur behind it should start wondering whether he or she is the

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    right person to be CEO.

    The answer has a lot to do with the company’s stage of development. The person who’s right for the start-up phase may not be right when the business reaches the management stage.

    Veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky found out the hard way that he was a terrible manager.

    So how do you know?

    Brodsky suggests there’s no tried-and-true formula for evaluating a prospective CEO. Ultimately, of course, the proof is in the pudding: how does the company perform? By the time you see the results, however, it may be too late. That said, here are the five criteria Brodsky uses in evaluating a person’s ability to handle the responsibilities of a CEO.

    First, a CEO has to be a leader, not simply a pied piper. Entrepreneurs are pied pipers. We play seductive melodies, conjure up wonderful images, and entice people into following us. Leadership is different. It calls for keeping a watchful eye on the business and making sure everyone understands what must get done. You need to create a sense of urgency about that.

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