CEO Jim Hackett found himself in a wave pattern during the last decades: shrinking the company during recessions, then growing it, then shrinking it, then growing it. That’s not healthy. The business environment changes continuous, so Ford has to perform better than in 2018 and in 2020 better than in 2019. It’s extremely dynamic. It’s not enough to look at market share, profits, earnings per share versus those of other car manufacturers that count. What if Amazon starts to sell cars/car parts? You probably don’t lose to the standard competitors, but it’s the mutation coming at you that matters. Being competitive is about a lot of drivers and being ahead of the game is all about Corporate Fitness, according to Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford Motor Company.
Narcissism is widespread at the top in both private and public companies as well as in non-profit organizations and the public sector. Narcissism is a necessary element for effective leadership, but it can, however, also become a negative trait. So we may therefore speak about positive and destructive narcissism. Examples to be emulated are Steve Jobs (Apple), Michael Eisner (Walt Disney), Jack Welch (GE), Ingvard Kamprad (IKEA), Henri Ford (Ford Motor Company), Freddie Heineken (Heineken) and Richard Branson (Virgin).
In the fall of 2015, we published our book “Big Boys Big Egos and Strategic Intelligence”, the fifth book in a row on business-, competitive- and strategic intelligence since 2000. Scientific research on narcissism lies at the basis of this book, which is based on a sample of 950 CEOs of the S&P top-500 companies during the period 1992-2009.