Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wartime CEO vs Peacetime CEO

In 2009, Ben Horowitz co-founded the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz with Marc Andreessen. Both Ben and Marc have blogs worth following (Here is Ben’s blog and here is Marc’s blog).

In response to Eric’s Schmidt resignation as Google’s CEO, Ben wrote a great post around the different characteristics of wartime and peacetime CEOs. Ben points out that in peaceful times, the company is the clear leader in their market and therefore peacetime CEOs usually spend time defining culture, minimizing conflicts and expending market. On the other hand, in times of war, the company suffers from strong competition and economic changes, and therefore wartime CEOs are usually intolerant, paranoid and let war define the culture.

Check out Ben's full post here.

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