How you know you're a bad CEO

Ola Ahlvarsson, co-creator of Sime, list the top five signs you are.

How you know you're a bad CEO in 2017

Sime co-creator Ola Ahlvarsson kicks off the Sime blog discussion for 2017 with a call of caution. Recognize yourself?

Are you a bad CEO? Or does your company have one? Ola Ahlvarsson, digital serial entrepreneur and co-creator of Sime, gives you his top five signs you’re experiencing one of the two in 2017. Watch out for them!

# 1: Don’t have time

You go ”I don’t have time to go to Sime, because I need to focus on core business instead of that ‘digital stuff’.”

# 2: Traditional industry

You go “Our industry is very traditional, it’s not going to change that much. It’s in fact very regulated, it’s not like the other industries.”

# 3: We’re doing well

You go “Our customers like to work the way we always have. It’s a traditional industry. Look at the numbers, we’re doing well.”

# 4: Marketing can fix it

You go “It doesn’t matter that we don’t have so much digital competence in the management team and board, I think the marketing department can handle a lot of this.”

# 5: Physical has value

You go “I mean let’s face it, if you invest in a real estate company or something physical, like stock, it has value. But that digital stuff, I mean you don’t know if you will get your money back. So I would be cautious about investments in that technology stuff”.

If you are or have a CEO with any of these symptoms you know you are on a rocky road and you better ask for help. Call me!

/Ola Ahlvarsson
Sime Stockholm is northern Europe’s largest conference about the Internet and digital opportunities. At Sime we cure digital anxiety, digital insanity, digital depth and blindness and we inspire in digital opportunities. More info on

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