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We've worked hard to establish the appropriate “what/how” balance in our organizations. So how much does a company benefit when it shifts that balance more towards the “how”? In other words, if we ask executives to spend less time on execution and more time on other behaviors, how much more successful will that company be? What would you do if you found out it made no difference at all?
In a unique research project published in "The Journal of Finance," researchers examined the capabilities of 316 individuals who were CEO candidates for private equity funded companies. They analyzed detailed qualitative and quantitative assessments of each individual’s skills and attributes using survey and interview data from a selection consulting firm. They also analyzed the performance data for the individuals who became CEO of each portfolio company.
This rare combination of detailed CEO capability and performance data across multiple company environments allowed the researchers to directly assess the effects of individual characteristics and behaviors on performance. Get the article here.