On the topic of researching what makes someone a successful CEO (as opposed
to a manager who may or may not be a CEO), it's interesting that the
resources that I've found on the Internet tend to describe current trends
in management fads (which aren't particularly helpful in our situation,
IMO) and/or traits of people who have been promoted to CEO (which are not
necessarily synonymous with traits that make someone *successful *as a CEO).

My hunch is that traits of successful CEOs may vary a bit depending on the
nature of the organization. Some skills are likely to be similar (such as
communication, accounting, business law, and market research) while others
may be quite different (for example, the CEO of General Motors probably
needs to have a different reservoir of industry-specific knowledge than the
CEO of the Humane Society.) Also, the mentalities of organizations can be
quite different, for example the CEO of Microsoft is probably very
interested in growing market share for a wide array of existing product
lines, while the chief executive of a specialty pharmaceutical research
company may be far more focused on R&D for a small batch of high-risk,
high-potential products that have yet to come to market.

Narrowing the focus to the more specific case of the WMF CEO, it seems to
me that the skills listed in the BI article are a good place to start. We
might also be interested in mission alignment, cultural fit, knowledge of
the legal and fundraising landscapes, and familiarity with open source
technologies that WMF uses. As others have mentioned, the CEO and the CTO
are distinct roles; it seems to me that if we get a solid CTO then we can
de-emphasize the the technical skills in the CEO search and focus on the
wide array of other skills that would be valuable for the CEO.

Pine





mama

On Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 7:49 PM, Greg Grossmeier <g...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> <quote name="Pine W" date="2016-03-06" time="19:19:20 -0800">
> > Food for thought:
> >
> >
> http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-best-managers-exhibit-these-7-behaviors-2016-1
>
> I think that is great food for thought for managers of teams,
> definitely.
>
> I'm not sure it applies to managers of managers or executives; only
> because those positions weren't a part of this investigation.
>
> Greg
>
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