• Observer, ahhh, you may have misread "execution" but my sarcasm didn't help. The study's "execution" was in reference to "getting to work on a plan" like "bring to successful completion" of a task.

    But you are right, a leader needs to exercise caution when downsizing. He would need to let go of just the right number of people.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.

  • It seems to me that strategy, to a large extent, is going to be at least somewhat dictated by culture. As to "execution", in the sense of layoffs, if I were a stockholder in a corporation, I would definitely prefer a CEO who laid off as many employees as necessary; the alternative is to watch my investment circle the bowl on the way down. If the company goes under, all of the employees are out of a job and all I have to show for my investment is a tax write-off.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:01 p.m.