1. The Decline of the Baronial C.E.O.

    The Decline of the Baronial C.E.O.

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — They bestrode the business world, or at least the suburban corporate campus, like a colossus. Sitting behind burnished wooden desks, in glass-walled corner offices like the one Jeffrey R. Immelt occupied at General Electric ’s former headquarters here, a select group of American chief executives were once more akin to statesmen than businessmen. G.E...

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    1. The C.E.O. with a big office, a tenure of 10 or 20 years, in a suit and tie, is becoming a thing of the past.
    2. Who ever thought Ford would be competing with Google?
    3. These people were bigger than life, and I saw it up close.
    4. If you start fooling around in Washington with the Business Roundtable or writing op-eds, activist investors will ask what you're doing.
    5. I don't see him stepping into that role.
    6. It was so quiet, you could feel the energy drain out of you.
    7. C.E.O. tenure is down from the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, and the G.E. situation is a reflection of that.
    8. She's being pulled in different directions.
    9. He's the poster child for what's happened to the C.E.O. job.
    10. You don't have the C.E.O. running the board too.
    11. This is not a traditional governance model, but Facebook was not built to be a traditional company.
    12. It has a much more collaborative feel, and the glass replicates the transparency of working together.
    13. There's not as big a need for corporate headquarters like this any more.
    14. The only things missing are the Persian rugs and the artwork.
    15. It's such a different vibe with the kids all here.
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