SLIDESHOW: Bizarre Habits of 9 Highly Obsessive CEOs
Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo
In all likelihood, Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) wasn’t going to get its mojo back with a leader that procrastinated her way through her first quarter with the company. Sure, new CEO Marissa Mayer may fall in the more fastidious quadrants of the Myers-Briggs. In fact she could even be accused of having some control issues.
According to an article in BGR, the former Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) executive began imposing her “Googirl” work ethic on her new employees as soon as she took the helm. Product designers have been forced to produce at a far faster pace than they’ve been accustomed. Mayer allegedly only approved a team’s new unit pitch if they could get it to market months ahead of their proposed schedule. She then gave them “exactly one week to figure out how to get the product out by the end of the year,” or else they’d all be fired.
This is, after all, the same person who engineered the perfect cupcake recipe by way of her own meticulously researched and logged spreadsheet data -- and then repeated the process for frosting.
Perhaps a bit overbearing for some people’s tastes, Mayer has insisted she personally sign off on every new company hire and on holding weekly “FYI meetings” that help her keep an eye on them.
If her first earnings call as Yahoo’s CEO is any indication, there’s a method to Mayer’s micromanaging. The company beat analysts’ forecasts of $0.25 a share, reporting a rise in third-quarter earnings by 66% to 35 cents-per-share on $1.09 billion in revenue.