Marissa Mayer Profile

December 26, 2008

Gawker Media published here a profile of Google’s Marissa Mayer. The article by Owen Thomas–“Marissa Mayer, the 21st Century’s Pointy Haired Boss–intrigued me. The title is ambiguous. I came away with the sense that Ms. Mayer was the recipient of back handed compliments. You may find the approach more critical of Ms. Mayer.

One comment that stuck in my mind was this sentence: “Employees report that she’s famous for not preparing for meetings, making spur-of-the-moment decisions on products based on five-minute presentations.” After reading the article, I recalled the possibly apocryphal quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln. When a person called General Grant’s penchant for whiskey to President Lincoln’s attention, someone told me that Lincoln replied, “Find out what he’s drinking and send a case to my other generals.”

Stephen Arnold, December 25, 2008


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