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How Zuckerberg Became A Wartime CEO



An article by the verge explores how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO, in the last two years after many scandals faced the Tech giant.
The article explores how the Facebook CEO decided to assert more control especially and how the influential Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sherly Sandberg is feeling the pressure.
There’s the “peacetime” CEO, best represented by Eric Schmidt during Google’s charmed first decade. And then there’s the “wartime” CEO — the one facing an existential threat. Incoming Google CEO Larry Page, he argued, was a wartime CEO — with Facebook ascendant, Page would have to adopt a more combative mindset. Horowitz writes:

In peacetime, leaders must maximize and broaden the current opportunity. As a result, peacetime leaders employ techniques to encourage broad-based creativity and contribution across a diverse set of possible objectives. In wartime, by contrast, the company typically has a single bullet in the chamber and must, at all costs, hit the target. The company’s survival in wartime depends upon strict adherence and alignment to the mission.

The article also notes that Mark Zuckerberg is feeling an existential threat that he gathered about 50 of his top lieutenants earlier this year and told them that Facebook was at war and he planned to lead the company accordingly.

The Verge article further notes that Facebook’s war has grown more intense especially after the Cambridge Analytica Saga, The Alex Jones controversy and the recent Definers Fake News Scandal that has put the company in further crisis

The article further alleges that Mark Zuckerberg gave Sherly Sandberg a dressing down after the Cambridge Analytica Scandal noting that she was responsible for the big mistake

This spring,  Mr.Zuckerberg told Ms. Sandberg, 49, that he blamed her and her teams for the public fallout over Cambridge Analytica, the research firm that inappropriately accessed private data on Facebook users and used it for political research, according to people familiar with the exchange.

Ms. Sandberg later confided in friends that the exchange rattled her, and she wondered if she should be worried about her job.

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