GM CEO Dan Akerson
Given recent association discussions as to whether association boards should hire someone from the industry/profession or an association professional, it is interesting to note that Akerson was NOT a car guy when he became GM’s CEO!
But, under Akerson’s leadership, GM has come out of bankruptcy and racked up $25 Billion in profits (before taxes and interest.)
- “ Fundamentally, no kidding, it’s all about leadership,” Akerson told USA Today. “I don’t think you have to be a subject-matter expert. Complex organizations have many common challenges.”
Akerson’s nine leadership lessons include:
- 1. Make goals clear.
- 2. Overhaul top management.
- 3. Insist that good enough isn’t.
- 4. Question the status quo.
- 5. Be quick to capitalize on good ideas.
- . Tackle the “back room” (including IT, accounting).
- 7. If it is not working, quit doing it.
- 8. Don’t let up.
- 9. Don’t get distracted from the main purpose you are there.
A good game plan for his first six to nine months.
Many of these nine tips can also be found in Race for Relevance and Road to Relevance from Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers CAE.