Questions For CEOs

There are few things you want to check before you starting a new venture/job/work relationship.
Over the years, I found that with very few questions, you can tell if the person in front of you can ‘get things done’ or she/he just repeating the buzz words they collected over the years. Here are some questions from a larger set that I’m using from time to time:

  1. Which CEOs outside your industry do you admire? Why?
  2. What are the three most important things (Critical Success Factors) for your company?
  3. Which competitor do you most admire? Why?
  4. How do you allocate your time on a daily basis?
  5. What qualities are must-haves when you’re looking at a new hire?
  6. What would you do with a ‘gift’ of $100M?
  7. What book is your favorite one?
  8. What activity you like most?
  9. Things you can’t live without?

Another great set of famous questions are from Bernard Pivot.
It’s a ‘lighter’ version that is better over a drink:

  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. What is your least favorite word?
  3. What turns you on?
  4. What turns you off?
  5. What sound or noise do you love?
  6. What sound or noise do you hate?
  7. What is your favorite curse word?
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  9. What profession would you not like to do?
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

here is a great example from the Actors Studio with John Travolta (go to 40sec). His last answer is great…


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