Hackett says he experienced a similar mentoring program when he was at IBM. The latter chose executives to work with a peer in a completely different area of the business. "The idea was to get people outside of their silo thinking and understand how to address a similar problem from a very different view."
A CEO will provide "a different view of the world" while the COO is a good shadow [a peer] mentor because the role is "is really in the business", says Hackett. "CFOs are going to be helpful because they understand, especially in a commercial world, where you have got to balance revenue streams with expenditures and shareholder returns".
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