Don't call kilts chicken.
What? At Gillette, Kilts took over when the company was floundering and he was the first outsider to run it since 1931. Not exactly a cakewalk. Before that, he revived a struggling Nabisco and engineered a solid turnaround. This is the kind of guy who's afraid of "the tough task of getting rid of weak managers, bringing in new talent and somehow finding a way to refresh the brand"?
For months, the general business media have picked over the bones of CEOs who have been overly motivated by ambition and greed; now they are chewing them out for not being ambitious enough. Shouldn't the media be applauding a CEO willing to honor the contract he or she has with a company by staying put even when a better offer comes along? Shouldn't it be handing out kudos to CEOs who serve as role models by putting their family's needs before their own career ambitions"
Maybe--but we won't hold our breath. The general business media like their CEOs ruthless, greedy and deceitful--or cowardly. One-dimensional, if you please.
A stand-up guy like Kilts just doesn't fit in.
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|Publication:||Chief Executive (U.S.)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2004|
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