At best it's a tough job and at worst its an impossible job. I've hear experienced CEO's complain about investors that "they love you 'til they hate you". Over the course of a number of CEO gigs or as an executive in early stage companies, I've tried to encapsulate a "roadmap" for thinking about how to "see through the fog of war" and maintain clarity and effectiveness as a leader.
I'm interested in hearing about experienced, successes, and especially failures that people have had in trying to keep a complicated equation in balance.
Here's a starting point for the idea: http://blog.garyambrosino.com/strategic-marketing/the-startup-ceo-roadmap .
How about it ? Does anyone have suggestions and additions to the model ? What has your experience been ? How did you become a world class startup CEO ?