Do Lawyers Make Good CEOs?

The BusinessPundit raises the interesting question, “Do lawyers make good CEOs?
It’s a good topic for debate, but it’s also a question for which I have some rooting interest. I worked with Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. and Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc., on quite a few projects when we were both at The Stolar Partnership in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
I’ll also remember when Andy told me that the work I was doing on a particular high-profile project was the type of opportunity that would make me a partner in short order. He was right and I enjoyed working with him. As a lawyer, he had both a great attention to detail and an ability to see the bigger business issues. I also suspect that his cross-examination skills have been put to good use in getting answers to tough questions.
I see a little bit of Andy in Hardee’s commercials and the Six Dollar Burger especially. I even got a little chuckle when I saw a commercial featuring Andy – “hey, I know that guy!”
Now, I definitely do not think that most lawyers will make good CEOs, but I’ve worked with and met a good number of lawyers who certainly would.

The Three Fallacies

Just one of several excellent postings recently from BrandAutopsy focuses on what Paul Williams refers to as the Three Fallacies. They are Complacency, Conservatism, and Conceit.
Read the post and then consider how they might apply to your firm or organization. Your feeling of discomfort will be proportional to your need to take action.
By the way, Paul laments his inability to make it through Tom Peters’ Re-Imagine!
Re-Imagine! definitely rewards the patient reader. The key is to relax, stop fighting to impose your stylistic standards and let Tom drive the car while you ride. It’s a trip well worth taking. Failing that, the audio CD might be a better way to go for some people.

Building Your “Kitchen Cabinet”

I’ve always been intrigued by the notion of putting together an informal but formal group of advisors. To a certain extent, as you move through life you assemble a group of friends, mentors, professionals and others who meet some of those needs, but the idea of having a formal group to give advice and whack you upside the head with a two-by-four when needed has always seemed cool to me.
Lisa Yoon writes a great article on CFO.com called Building Your “Kitchen Cabinet”, which delves into the practical issues involved in putting together such an arrangement and also tantalizes with hints of the benefits of these arrangements.
Heck, I know I can use all the help I can get. One big reason I like blogs is because they make available the insights of many smart and accomplished people. I’m interested in exploring the notion of a “kitchen cabinet.” I’d enjoy hearing about your experiences with the idea, your insights and even discussing ways to make the experiment go live. Let me know.