The CEO as organizational systems designer
What's important is that their primary focus seems to be on what Forrester describes as policy design: the "rules" by which the organization makes decisions. From David's focus on profit centers, his Japanese-style focus on quality, and his emphasis on "linearity" and "continuity momentum" to Bill Hewlett and David Packard's focus on making a contribution, self-funded growth, and taking care of people in the community and in the company, successful CEOs have designed organizational systems that worked over the long haul. They are effective systems designers.
What can one do to become a better executive systems designer? We each have certain skills and background we bring to the job. Building on those takes a combination of useful experience and effective learning from that experience. There's a strong suggestion that effective simulation exercises may help us gain experience faster, and many find some form of journaling effective in stimulating and guiding reflection.
What do you think? What has worked for you?