I participated in Del Jones’ survey on the position in the family for his article in USA Today. First-born Kids Become CEO Material.
Interesting question and interesting research, I suppose, an example of the problems of correlation and causation. It’s also another example of how much we misuse research in general, because the statistical difference is so irrelevant when you look at specific cases.
I was hoping to get a mention in the survey results, but no luck. I’m the second of four, and my daughter, CEO of Palo Alto Software, is the second of five. I thought that made us both interestingly atypical, but apparently not interesting enough to be included in the story.
Does that make it sort of self-fulfilling research, as in self-fulfilling prophesy? Or just friendly sour grapes?
It’s fun to think about this. Even if you have no action points.