Via BusinessPundit comes this Fortune magazine quiz, Are You CEO Material?

Knowing that the answer was, No, I went ahead and took the quiz. I scored 90 out of 100. Why? Because it’s a stupid multiple choice quiz with only three answers per question. Further, while it’s easy to know the right answer on a test–or guess what the test writer wants you to answer–it’s much harder to actually live your life in the politically appropriate manner on a daily basis.

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  1. Dave says:

    I took the quiz. Got a 65. What is it with the assumption that power is an end in its own right?

    This is probably why I’ll never be a CEO unless I start my own company.

  2. Jay Solo says:

    Yup, exactly! On all but one of the questions, I was correct, but I was answering what I perceived to be the “desired” answer, not what my first impulse to do would be. Or, the answers were what I’d do if I stopped and made myself THINK about all the implications of emotional scenarios and act in a politically rational manner.

    The one where I was not only wrong, but picked their worst answer, I had trouble perceiving *which answer the test writer wanted* and went with the one I thought was right.