Monday, 4 July 2011

Business: CEO Weaknesses

BBC managed to serve up another waste of my money...

Lucy Kellaway apparently spent 15 years of her life studying CEOs. Which would be fine and well were it not for the fact that the BBC chose to let her enlighten us about the frankly useless part of her "research". Surprise, surprise, when asked a bog standard job interview questions, CEOs give bog standard job interview answers. This fact wouldn't be (and isn't) bad or surprising in itself, were it not for Lucy Kellaway's breathless interpretation of it as a discovery almost worthy of Pulizer, if not Nobel, prize.

No shit, Lucy: ask people what their flaws are and they won't tell.

No shit, Lucy: ask a high fliers the same question and...

What did you expect?

For you and me, Lucy, every single conversation may not be a job interview, but for a CEO it surely is. As a matter of fact, Lucy, even for you and me every single public conversation is a job interview. One thing everyone worth their salt knows is that when asked about a weakness in a job interview you carefully pick one or two which are really strengths in disguise. And you know what, Lucy, you just failed yours.

And as for the BBC, please be more careful with my money...