Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How to be a CEO in the era of the consumer internet

A fantastic presentation from Bing Gordon, ex Chief Creative Officer at Electronic Arts, current partner at investment fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and board member at Zynga and Amazon - "How to be a CEO in the era of the consumer internet".

My key take outs from the presentation:

  • Your company strategy should be able to be articulated on one poster
  • 3 OKRs per person per quarter
  • Measure people on inputs rather than outputs because outputs aren't always in the persons control
  • Have a brilliant assistant
  • Track your own hours and where you're spending your time. Ensure this matches to your personal priorities
  • Great people want a lot demanded of them, ensure you're doing this with your best people
  • Board meetings should be inspiring for you and the board, it should be your best day of the month not the worst
  • Set expectations for board members - what do you want from them?
  • Hire a chief people officer before you hit 50 people. This person is in charge of culture and hiring brilliant people
  • Onboarding - in the first week new hires need their job definition, OKRs and need to know what it takes to 'kill it' in their new job
  • Scare your best people with the jobs you give them
  • Focus on company culture, ensure company values are clearly visible and discussed regularly
  • Build a meritocracy - are there people on your executive team who are 'too young' to be there? There should be

via @nickcrocker


  1. Not sure if this is in your control..but can you put a Share on LinkedIn button on your site?

    1. Out there plugging LinkedIn already hey Kae?! ;) I would like to actually, but alas that sharing bar is created by the blogger team so we don't have control over it sadly.

    2. You should be able to do it:
      1. Go to your dashboard.
      2. Go to the gray Post List drop-down menu and select Template.
      3. Click the Edit HTML button under the "Live on blog" box.
      4. Check the Expand Widgets Template checkbox.
      5. If you have already added anything custom save a back up of the existing code to notepad. If you haven't you can just rely on the restore default if things go wrong.
      6. Search for: <data:top.shareToFacebookMsg/>
      7. Paste this after:

      <script src="http://platform.linkedin.com/in.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
      <script type="IN/Share"></script>

      Not perfect, but still pretty good.

    3. I lost some code in there (blogger doesn't like certain tags). step 6 should read:

      Search for: <data:top.shareToFacebookMsg/></span></a></b:if>