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3 Critical CEO Attributes

May 1st, 2016

Although different companies may require different qualifications at different times, the following key attributes are essential no matter what the situation.

Every CEO must be able to

  1. Create, with input from appropriate management team members, a carefully conceived written plan
  2. Recruit and retain the right people
  3. Ensure that the company has in place a sound system for ensuring accountability throughout the organization

Preparing a list of qualifications for a new CEO? Be sure that these three attributes are in the “must have” column. Without them, the entity will flounder.



SFMOMA — Aaron Marcus

April 20th, 2016

When SFMOMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, now the largest museum of its kind in the U.S., reopens on May 14th after three years of renovations, one of the exhibits, Typeface to Interface, will be anchored by a major gift from graphic designer and collector Aaron Marcus, my lifelong friend and the boy with whom I had my first date. In addition to 28 pieces from his personal collection, 21 of his own works of graphic design, computer art, and visible language art will be part of the exhibit. (May 14th – October 23rd)

I never miss a visit to MOMA when I visit New York. Sounds like SFMOMA will now be on my “must see” list whenever I visit San Francisco!

If you visit the museum, I would love to know what you think! From the news reports and photos, it sounds like the building, itself, will be worth seeing!

Below, a piece from Aaron’s series Cybernetic Landscapes and a photo of Aaron, himself.

from Cybernetic Landscapes, A. MarcusAaron Marcus



An interesting statistic

April 17th, 2016

As of December 31, 2015, the international Turnaround Management Association (TMA) reported that there were 487 Certified Turnaround Professionals (CTP) worldwide.  Of those, only 24 of us are women.



Fellman’s Candidate Selection Matrix™

February 17th, 2016

At a time when the election cycle is too long, and the media spends too much of its time providing poll results, rumors, tweets and commentary rather than facts, it is vitally important that voters take time to cut through the fog and evaluate objectively which candidate(s) are, in their view, best qualified to be president of the United States.

Because voters across the nation represent different backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, core values, etc., individuals may draw vastly different conclusions about qualifications, but an objective approach helps to ensure that each person’s conclusions are based on objective criteria.

Below is a link to a matrix I designed to help voters evaluate those candidates that are of interest to them.  Even if you think you have already made a decision, try completing the spreadsheet. The results may surprise you!

Fellman’s Candidate Selection Matrix  (Note: Depending on which program you use, you may have to select “enable editing.”)

After you complete the matrix, I would love to know

  1. Did you have enough information about the candidates to rate them?
  2. Were you surprised by your results?
  3. Can you tell who my personal choice is from the matrix?  (I tried really hard to be objective and asked friends from both parties to test it!)

© Renee C. Fellman, January 25, 2016, all rights reserved