"As CEO, you're sitting on an ice cream cone in the middle of July. You must make decisions quickly."
Tom Jenkins, chairman and chief strategy officer of Open Text, in "fireside chat" with Rick Spence at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit, June 21, 2010
Today Open Text has become Canada's largest software company, and is on track to pass the billion-dollar mark soon in annual revenues.
Best of all, Jenkins offered this ice-cream metaphor to explain why CEOs are always on the hot seat - and why they must always be prepared to make game-changing (or company-saving) leaps in strategy and tactics.
You can read a detailed account of our conversation, recorded by Financial Post writer John Shmuel, here.
Thanks to Erin Bury of Spouter for the pic (from her Twitter feed).