Outside Perspective an Advantage for CEOs: Nardelli

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Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- In today’s “This Matters Now,” Robert Nardelli , founder & CEO at XLR-8, talks with Tom Keene about the prospect of Ford CEO Alan Mulally replacing Steve Ballmer at the top of Microsoft and whether a CEO needs to have industry experience to be successful. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Look, i think alan would be -- i am a huge fan of him.

I got to know him when i was in detroit.

He would be an excellent candidate for that opportunity.

How did it happen question there was a lot of dialogue about, bob, you are not a car guy.

I said but car guy's got you here into the situation.

It was helpful for me going into home depot not to be tied to the past but looking to the future.

Same with chrysler and alan would bring that same thing to microsoft.

Are they one and the same?

I think the concept of one ford, one microsoft, one honeywell is very important to get everyone in an organization.

We had 330,000 associates at home depot.

One-page strategy, make sure we are executing toward that end.

Fancy degrees writing code?


Alan is not going to write code.

He is going to bring relentless vigilance on performance, day to day, week to week.

Can he transferred the enterprise profit area to microsoft?

The consumer area?

I think so.

About 70% of what we know as ceo's is pretty portable.

Our fundamentals of running a corporation.

The other 30%, you are a dry sponge, you had to listen, learn.

You are a sport about the oil change.

Bob nardelli knows that if you put the screw down the distributor cap of a 1967 chrysler barracuda, you have got a problem.

We will continue this discussion

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