Let’s examine today’s executives and what drives them, but first some background for perspective. My career was in retail banking. I was a regional branch administrator with responsibility for five offices before moving to back office operations. I might have let you into your safe deposit box, considered your loan request, analyzed your financials for a business loan, helped a teller settle, resolved customer complaints, helped a widow balance her checkbook, etc. I worked with all kinds of people — struggling young people just starting out and members of our board of directors. I also worked with the large egos of the bank’s fast-moving “new breed” of MBA’s.