Tuttle’s how-to-succeed-as-a-chief-of-staff list ends with this: ‘You don’t get anything done unless you’re in the office, but you don’t learn anything unless you get out of the office.’
Tuttle considered there are some attributes elite athletes and chiefs of staff share. ‘They love to win; they are intellectually curious; and they are willing to grow,’ Tuttle said.
For Tuttle, growing meant stepping away from a chief of staff role.
In 2016, Tuttle’s trajectory within the NYSE again changed when he was tasked with heading the global listings unit. As chief of staff, Tuttle had what he called ‘a 10,000-foot understanding’ of what it did, but now he needed to be ‘under the hood’ and lead necessary change. Subsequent promotions have followed, and Tuttle believes that he’s taken one valuable concept learned as a chief of staff into all those roles: ‘Have a view, have a view, and have a view.’
Because of his age and impressive resume, the inevitable question about what’s next hovers over Tuttle. He laughs off such talk, saying that ‘I have no idea what I’m having for dinner tonight, but I do know what my principal is having.’ But soon he becomes introspective.
The New York Stock Exchange ‘is a very special place,’ Tuttle says, and it’s undergone two major transformations during his time there. He acknowledges that the Exchange’s biggest challenge is to ensure that entrepreneurs and investors can more effectively be brought together. Tuttle believes ‘talent and intellect are equally distributed’, but that the same cannot be said for opportunity. ‘We need to democratize opportunity,’ he says so that any person anywhere in the world can find that right person and that right moment to turn an idea into a potential life-changing venture.
Excellence. It’s what drives Tuttle. ‘Excellence is the only thing worth waking up for in the morning.’ Excellence, and perhaps those chances to watch his beloved football throughout the fall.
John Tuttle is Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer for NYSE Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE). As a member of the senior leadership team, Tuttle leads NYSE’s Global Listings, Capital Markets, and Exchange Traded Products businesses, and is responsible for managing the Exchange’s relationships with more than 2,300 NYSE-listed companies and with the Investment Banking, Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Legal communities. In addition, he leads the NYSE’s business development efforts for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), Direct Listings, Exchanges Traded Funds (ETFs), Structured Products, Closed-End Funds, and REITs listing on NYSE or NYSE-American.