As you probably know by now having read my posts in the past, I am fascinated about how business people become CEO’s, and what they must focus on if they are to succeed at doing their job.
The other day, I was reading Adam Bryant’s Corner Office column in the New York Times, (read article here) and I really resonated with Blake Irving’s (CEO of GoDaddy) comment that “…when you’re the C.E.O., you get to set a tone from your seat that’s different than if you’re working within an organization. That ability — to actually shape the culture, talk about the things we’re going to do, how we’re going to treat each other, what we want our values to be — is different. I didn’t realize it until I was in the seat.”
Creating a culture that motivates, and inspires people to drive the business forward may be equally critical to driving revenue if the CEO is going to be successful in increasing the value of the business, which should be the goal of every CEO.
As always, I look forward to receiving your thoughts and comments.
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As I have often said in my talks, and as I conclude in my article, ” In my experience with hundreds of clients, I’ve found that whether one chooses or not to grow the business, the principles of systematizing, being deterministic, and increasing value for the business still hold true for any business, and becoming a CEO may not be a choice after all.”
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.