I opened up my email this morning to see an article from Mashable titled The Anatomy of the World’s Top Performing CEOs [INFOGRAPHIC] and then opened the article to see a really depressing infographic that emphasized the maleness and marriedness and even the hairline of the CEO’s.
At first I thought, that’s not good for business, but then I looked deeper. It seemed that the creators of the infographic – CEO.com & Domo - had extracted their own ‘data’ from the HBR.com study that was less about demographics and more about characteristics (that had little to do with hairlines, marital statuses or gender).
This is incredibly irresponsible. Way more people will read and pass along an infographic than will ever see the original source (especially since it costs $6.95 and is behind a login/paywall), so they’ll jump to the conclusion that the effect of being a good CEO is caused by these unrelated factors.
I was so moved I decided to make a video to explain it. Would love to jump start a conversation around this.
Original article: http://mashable.com/2013/09/23/top-performing-ceos/ (p.s Mark Zuckerberg isn’t one of the top performing CEO’s…Mashable is so unreliable for information)
HBR report: http://hbr.org/2013/01/the-best-performing-ceos-in-the-world