01 May 2023

虽然还不是 CEO,但也是要时刻准备。说不定,哪一天就有机会了。

在《CEO Excellence》(Dewar, Keller, and Malhotra 2022) 有一句话:

A CEO’s most formidable challenges include interacting with the board of directors. 让 CEO 最难对付的挑战,包括跟董事会交涉。

尽管与董事会交涉很难,但是,对于 CEO 来说与董事会交涉很重要的事情,正如Doug Baker说的 “The board is a great tool to help the business succeed, if you know how to invite them in.”

这里 formidable 看起来好像是 form + able,难道是“可形成的”之类的意思。其实呢,它是来自法语 formidable,再往上追溯,是拉丁语 formidabilis,而 formidare,意思是害怕。所以 formidable 的意思和形状什么没关系,而是:可怕的,令人敬畏的;(形状、数量)巨大的;难对付的。

在 IEEE 软件密集型系统架构设计(IEEE 2000)中,描述软件密集型系统的设计、构建、部署和演进过程中依然存在着巨大的风险和苦难时,也用到了这个单词:Despite significant efforts to improve engineering practices and technologies, software-intensive systems continue to present formidable risks and difficulties in their design, construction, deployment, and evolution. 尽管在工程实践上投入了大量的精力,软件密集型系统的设计、构造、部署和演化过程依然持续的经历巨大的风险和困难。


Dewar, Carolyn, Scott Keller, and Vikram Malhotra. 2022. CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest. McKinsey & Company, Inc.
IEEE. 2000. “IEEE Recommended Practice for Architectural Description of Software-Intensive Systems.” IEEE.