In an interview, Robert S. "Steve" Miller, Oregon-born executive, talked about his career. Miller said the CEO disease is an inherent part of human nature. What has changed in the last 10 years is how boards perceive their role. The CEO leadership basics haven't changed. CEOs still need visionary leadership skills and leaders to attract qualified subordinates. The best deal, the one that he remembers most fondly, is Chrysler's acquisition of American Motors, a maker of quirky cars to be sure but it had one product line that had real value -- Jeep. His worst decision was hiring Ronald LeMay to run Waste Management. He should have read the situation better. When someone is so reluctant to be hired that you have to offer the earth and the moon to take the job, it almost never works out.
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