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What makes a CEO effective? The question has been studied extensively. Yet we still know fairly little about how CEOs behave day-to-day and how their behavior relates to the success or failure of the companies they run. Previous studies have typically had limitations. Some have been of small samples, or relied heavily on the researchers’ interpretation to classify different “types” of executive.
In new research, we use survey data from over 1,000 CEOs across six countries and the financial performance of their companies to explore these questions. And our evidence suggests that hands-on managerial CEOs are, on average, less effective than leaders who stay more high-level.
This data set includes every activity a CEO undertakes in a week, as well as whether it was planned ahead of time and who else was involved. We used machine learning to determine which differences in CEO behavior are most important. In effect, we asked the algorithm: If you had to explain CEO behavior by dividing them into two types, how would you do it? And, based on the answers, which CEO Type Is Better for Companies?
Should you upgrade to the oh-so-expensive iPhone X, settle for the cheaper but less exciting iPhone 8, or stick with what you have? Here’s a run through of what’s new this year and what’s different between the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and older iPhones like the iPhone 7.
The iPhone X has a dramatically different look to other iPhones. It follows in the footsteps of the Essential Phone and the Samsung Galaxy S8 by increasing its screen-to-body ratio. By slimming down the bezels and removing the home button, Apple has crammed a 5.8-inch OLED display into a smaller body than the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus. There is, however, a love-it-or-hate it indent in the top of the display to make room for the front-facing camera and array of sensors that include an IR camera, “Dot Projector,” and “Flood Illumination.” Apple has also replaced the aluminium frame used since the iPhone 6 with a glass back, while retaining the comfortable curved edges, which are now made of a “medical grade” stainless steel on the iPhone X. Despite Apple’s claims that the “glass is the most durable ever in a smartphone,” glass is a fragile material, meaning that not only do you have to contend with potentially cracking your display when you drop your phone, but also the rear too.
Will you get an X, or stick to the good old 7?
The nature of work is changing on a global level at a rapid pace. Sure, it’s not the first time work has been dramatically impacted by technology, but the growth of automation, robotics, AI and the like have the potential to displace jobs at an unprecedented rate. And Google will almost certainly be one of the driving forces behind that transformation.
The search giant has regularly expressed a desire to help stem some of that negative impact, and now it’s putting its money where its mouth is to the tune of $1 billion. CEO Sundar Pichai announced Grow with Google at an event earlier today in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the next five years, the initiative will commit $1 billion to nonprofits aimed at training American workers and helping build business.
The company is committing $10 million to Goodwill as part of the initiative — the largest Google.org has committed to one organization. That money will be used to help launch the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator, aimed at preparing the American workforce for high-tech jobs. Grow with Google also will take the form of a national tour hosted by libraries and community organizations aimed at bringing training and career advice directly to local towns and cities. That’s part of the company’s goal of committing one million hours to employee volunteering over the next five years.
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