The Isolated Executive

There is a sense of mystique about the CEO, resulting from the perception that they are removed from the daily workings of the company, and that they are somehow larger than life. The television network CBS has explored this phenomenon to great success on its show “undercover Boss,” in which the out-of-touch head of a company dons the outfit of a front-line employee, and gets his hands dirty undercover. The following paper describes some of the complicated dynamics and implications of executive isolation, and presents insight and recommendations from experienced executive coaches on how to avoid the executive bubble.

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