Bizarre habits of 9 obsessive CEOs

Eccentricity is not necessarily a disqualifying factor in the climb to the corner office. Check out some industry standouts and their fixations.

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Nov 29, 2012 1:06PM
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I suffer from CDO.  It's like OCD, except the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be.
Nov 29, 2012 11:27AM
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If you don't like the CEO then don't buy the product or stock in the company. Don't watch the show or the movie. Don't listen to the song and don't root for the team or the player. What else can be said ?

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Dec 8, 2012 5:55PM
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I don't see how anyone can compare Nikola Tesla to Micheal Jackson. A genius and an entertainer? Who wrote this? Peter Parker?
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So just where does anyone get off on comparing a Creative Genius like Mr Tesla to Mickael Jackson?

 

Dec 3, 2012 4:47AM
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They say this - Martha Stewart's world revolves around the tastes and sensibilities of Martha Stewart, and Martha Stewart alone. That's how her operation works, and that's probably why it works. -

But right before that they stated this - Her company posted a $50.7 million loss in the third quarter on revenue of $43.5 million, a 17% decline from a year earlier. -

If she's posting a loss, then her operation is NOT working. That last two sentences should have read like this. -  Martha Stewart's world revolves around the tastes and sensibilities of Martha Stewart, and Martha Stewart alone. If that is how she runs her operation, that's probably why it doesn't work. -

What else could you call a 50 million loss in one quarter (result was a third quarter loss mind you)? Apparently if your Martha Stewart, your called a success.

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Michael Jeffries sounds like a real "nut case".  He must not be taking his meds.  A normal person would not make such ridiculous demands.  After reading this article, it has led me to believe that the only way to make it to the top is to have a mental illness.
Dec 8, 2012 7:57PM
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Well, I was going to jump on the bandwagon and talk about MY OCD'S and quirks, however, I'm out of  M&M'S, (except the blue ones and I don't eat that color. They make me look like I ate a Smurf), I'm out of tissues, so it goes without saying...no supper tonight unless I use a plastic fork. That won't work because we have no white ones and I can't eat with black utinsels. I'm afraid the dye will rub off onto my teeth or worse, stain my toilet bowl when I use the bathroom. My banker just called, (I think it was him, couldn't find my gloves to wear to answer the phone), and said I've lost several dollars this quarter with my company. Hey, that's o.k. It's my company and I make it work. Now, I have received a letter from The Kennel Club saying my Mastiff can't be neutered, or it will become a "Misstiff."

 

I can't stand this insanity any longer, so I'm going to go outside and count the brick on my house and if my neighbor has more brick than I do, well, I'll take a few of his and add them to mine. That'll teach him to buy a bigger house!

Dec 8, 2012 6:18PM
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Who could possibly need a job that badly to put up with psychos like these?  I would have no problem telling any one of them - "KMA"!
Nov 29, 2012 11:02AM
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Lifestyles of the rich and perverted.
Nov 29, 2012 2:50PM
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Compare "Her company posted a %50.7 million loss . . ." with "That's how her operation works, and probably why it works."  There's a disconnect in there somewhere between a big loss and the claim that an organization "works."

Dec 8, 2012 4:45PM
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A dirtbag obsessed with cleanliness?
Dec 8, 2012 5:50PM
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Donald Trump wants teachers to use hand sanitizer and recognizes Kenya as Obama's birthplace? That describes 51% of the Nation.
Dec 8, 2012 6:56PM
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Some of the people used for this article should not have been here. Others should have been. By the way, If you intend to bust on Tesla, you should be busting on Van Gogh, Da Vinci, and a slew of other geniuses that had personality traits that were different from the norm. But then you'd have to bust on the people that did their best to destroy those geniuses, as well, like JPMorgan, who screwed Tesla over because the power companies would not have been able to charge for Tesla-powered items. And one of the people investigating his (Tesla's) death officially came forward after the official cover-up was out to claim poisoning as the cause of death. And why, if he was just a crackpot, did the FBI of that time strip away ALL of his work, notebooks and writings that they could lay hands on? Things that are still unavailable to the public? That's called maintaining Power through Conspiracy to Defraud the public.
Dec 8, 2012 6:27PM
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I'm a perfectionist who devotes attention to my projects; often at the expense of my social relationships.  A lot of women were fascinated by my work, but I knew I needed a good woman to help bring balance to my life.  If my significant other was into the same things as I; none of the "other" things would get done.

I needed a woman who would put me in check once in a while, to keep me grounded, to let me know when my quirks were getting out of control & none of these guys seemed to have had that as they surround themselves with "yes men".  A lot of these guys, like Hughs & Tesla, were apparently afflicted with the same traits as I, but only to a much more severe degree, I suppose it's something like a spectral disorder.

It's so sad that the gift of genius comes at such a high cost, they are seldom ever happy nor do they seem to find true love.

Dec 8, 2012 11:19PM
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One look at Michael Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch and new he was a creep and must have had an intuition to that, as I have never purchased anything with that logo or from his stores and always thought they were extremely uncomfortable to be in.  Moreover, I do not care what they paid me, would never work for a creepy egomaniac like that.
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Stuff a sock in it Donald! 

What's wrong with you?

President Obama was dealing with a terrible situation on the east coast, and Trump was more worried about Obama's college and passport applications?  What a moron.  He pulled the same crap over his birth certificate.  Hey Trump, let's take a look at the skeleton's in your closet!

Dec 9, 2012 12:14AM
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First of all, Nicola Tesla was a lot taller than 6' 2", try 6'6". Secondly, Michael jackson could not get through high school algebra, let alone be compared to a Genius like Nikola Tesla. A drug addicted punk from a very neurotic family, versus a true scientific and engineering wizard like Tesla?....Somebody needs to pay attention to their understanding of real human talent, like the kind that can bring us a real civilization, not just some stupid music and white gloves.
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Becoming the person God wants you to be

Thats whats success means to me!

Dec 8, 2012 6:26PM
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Since when did perfectionism became a disease.....

Seems like these days people will make up a disease just to put DOCTOR infront of their name.  

Dec 8, 2012 9:13PM
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I have OCD and ADD, so everything has to be perfect - but only for a short time.
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