The Paranoid Mind of A CEO

Here’s a list of thoughts that haunt me. From talking to dozens of founders and CEOs, I know that this isn’t uncommon. Some of these thoughts are totally irrational. Some of them, totally sound. Most of them add very little value to my work.

  • Being blind-sided by a competitive threat, whether it’s an actual competitor, or market change.
  • Having a competitor out-execute us.
  • Market change that will dry up revenues quicker than we can change our model.
  • Hitting an invisible ceiling on growth, where our method just stops having any impact.
  • Missing the signs of employee apathy
  • Saying something really stupid in public
  • Taking our community granted (by myself or by the team)
  • Not planning or testing enough for a change.
  • Planning for too long and taking too long to change.
  • Being stuck in a paradox of contradictions

Well, that’s not the full list. But I didn’t want to put you to sleep — which I probably need.

Posted on June 30, 2010, in Business, Personal. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. 1. Track hits to each user creation
    2. Share Ad Revenue with users
    3. Users stay loyal
    4. ???
    5. Profit

  2. A big one for your list – Forgetting to always innovate

  3. Andy Grove, ex CEO of intel, said something to the effect “Only the paranoid survive”

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