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(Business Insider)   Warren Buffett selects a 28 year old blonde to chair three of his largest companies, basing his decision solely on merit. Ms. Britt "takes care of all kinds of things that come up," Mr. Buffett told college students in Omaha last month   (businessinsider.com) divider line 19
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2013-06-12 10:54:59 PM
2 votes:
Ambivalence:
Sure a 28 year old (man or woman, I was not commenting on gender) can be talented and/or competent, but if that is all you needed many many more people would be qualified to be a CEO of a huge corporation. But it takes more than that. It takes an in depth knowledge of the industry and business that really only comes from experience.

After seeing what the older generation has done to our economy by gutting our manufacturing capacity, shipping every job they possibly can overseas and generally being dicks to the stateside employees that do remain, all for the sake of a quarter point rise in the stock price, I'm OK with letting somebody with a little less experience farking everyone over have a shot at it.

/Somehow I imagine business school teaches that as the only way to do things anymore
//We're screwed, aren't we?
2013-06-12 09:32:46 PM
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jaytkay: Ambivalence: russlar: is it possible, just maybe, that in addition to being attractive, she just might be competent?

At 28 years old? VERY unlikely.

Steve Jobs was 21 at the introduction of the Apple I.

He was 25 when Apple went public, selling $100M in shares.

Some people are born freakishly competent.


And lucky.. you forgot lucky.
2013-06-12 07:45:04 PM
2 votes:
Everybody drop it with the Buffet love.  It's all bullshiat.

His entire business was built around exploiting insurance tax loopholes from the 60's until the 90's.  Since then he is the epitome of the crony capitalist, investing in deals when the President literally gives him a guarantee.
2013-06-12 04:55:31 PM
2 votes:
Buffett is the one man on the planet that I believe would never make a decision with his junk. If he thinks she has something to offer, I would bet she does.
2013-06-13 05:28:46 PM
1 votes:

poot_rootbeer: /and Republicans are back in the majority.


Did you see the headline this morning that more whites died last year than were born? The Census Bureau says it came 10 years early...so good luck with that whole Republicans back in the majority thingie.
2013-06-13 07:25:15 AM
1 votes:

Ambivalence: AeAe: Ambivalence: russlar: is it possible, just maybe, that in addition to being attractive, she just might be competent?

At 28 years old? VERY unlikely.

Exactly!  There no way that 28 y.o. woman could possibly talented and competent.

/ rolls eyes

Sure a 28 year old (man or woman, I was not commenting on gender) can be talented and/or competent, but if that is all you needed many many more people would be qualified to be a CEO of a huge corporation. But it takes more than that. It takes an in depth knowledge of the industry and business that really only comes from experience.


Having worked at a major company whose CEO ended up having made up his college education, his experience and references to be hired for the position, held it for several years and watch as a major competitor with an actual "qualified" CEO completely collapsed, I seriously doubt that there is anything magical about "qualified" candidates for such positions

Most CEOs of major companies are caretakers, moving from company to company because institutional memory is so 1970's and today we have policies requiring replacement every 4-5 years at most to keep things fresh.

when a con man is a better CEO than the guy with the degree and the experience, it calls into question the value of such things.
2013-06-13 02:58:36 AM
1 votes:

Ambivalence: AeAe: Ambivalence: russlar: is it possible, just maybe, that in addition to being attractive, she just might be competent?

At 28 years old? VERY unlikely.

Exactly!  There no way that 28 y.o. woman could possibly talented and competent.

/ rolls eyes

Sure a 28 year old (man or woman, I was not commenting on gender) can be talented and/or competent, but if that is all you needed many many more people would be qualified to be a CEO of a huge corporation. But it takes more than that. It takes an in depth knowledge of the industry and business that really only comes from experience.


After many years of business, particularly working in Finance now, I am constantly amazed at how much the average American idolizes the mythological traits of the "CEO".

Truly, these men are generally of slightly above average intelligence and normal insight. Running a company from a c-level position is relatively straightforward. To me, these men and women are more like overpaid "rock stars" in our culture, much like professional athletes - with the difference being that the athletes overall performance contributes heavily to the bottom line of their teams. I really don't believe the same is true for the CEO (with the rare exception of men like Jobs and Gates who actually started out as entrepreneurs, which is an entirely different kettle of fish)
2013-06-12 11:02:16 PM
1 votes:
Yeah, but how disappointed do you think she was when she found out she wasn't going to be working for a buffet?
2013-06-12 10:33:13 PM
1 votes:

NightOwl2255: Buffett is the one man on the planet that I believe would never make a decision with his junk. If he thinks she has something to offer, I would bet she does.


He can afford to buy any escort in the world at any time. If he needs a misstress, he doesn't have to give her three companies, or even a desk.
2013-06-12 09:39:14 PM
1 votes:

AeAe: Ambivalence: russlar: is it possible, just maybe, that in addition to being attractive, she just might be competent?

At 28 years old? VERY unlikely.

Exactly!  There no way that 28 y.o. woman could possibly talented and competent.

/ rolls eyes


Sure a 28 year old (man or woman, I was not commenting on gender) can be talented and/or competent, but if that is all you needed many many more people would be qualified to be a CEO of a huge corporation. But it takes more than that. It takes an in depth knowledge of the industry and business that really only comes from experience.
2013-06-12 09:35:22 PM
1 votes:

machoprogrammer: while his company exploits loopholes out the wazoo


Would it be smart to ignore legal loopholes and allow his competitors to use them?
2013-06-12 09:20:25 PM
1 votes:

BiffDangler: Everybody drop it with the Buffet love.  It's all bullshiat.

His entire business was built around exploiting insurance tax loopholes from the 60's until the 90's.  Since then he is the epitome of the crony capitalist, investing in deals when the President literally gives him a guarantee.


That, too. Plus, he is all "Billionaires should pay more taxes", while his company exploits loopholes out the wazoo. Plus, he doesn't give his money away until he dies, while again, saying the rich should pay their share.
2013-06-12 07:39:55 PM
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2013-06-12 06:32:40 PM
1 votes:

Ambivalence: russlar: is it possible, just maybe, that in addition to being attractive, she just might be competent?

At 28 years old? VERY unlikely.


Unless you think that Warren Buffett has suddenly lapsed into senility--and there's certainly no evidence of that--I think mere fact that he picked her means the chances of her being very competent, regardless of her age, are approximately 100%.  Warren certainly didn't get where he is by picking incomptent people for high-level positions within his organization.  Quite the contrary.
2013-06-12 06:23:14 PM
1 votes:

russlar: is it possible, just maybe, that in addition to being attractive, she just might be competent?


At 28 years old? VERY unlikely.
2013-06-12 06:10:21 PM
1 votes:
is it possible, just maybe, that in addition to being attractive, she just might be competent?
2013-06-12 06:01:19 PM
1 votes:

Cyberluddite: --she's kind of a large girl, it seems (on the right in the pic below):



digboston.com
2013-06-12 04:55:33 PM
1 votes:

Cyberluddite: Not to mention that, she's not exactly a smokin' hottie that would suddenly cause Mr. Buffett to think with his little wrinkled head rather than his big wrinkled head--she's kind of a large girl, it seems (on the right in the pic below):


From what I understand, Buffett pulls in way better looking tail than that.  So yeah, probably nothing to do with looks or favors.
2013-06-12 04:51:38 PM
1 votes:
farm9.staticflickr.com

Yes, you would.
 
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