Monday, February 2nd, 2015

ARE YOU THE CEO? DON’T FORGET TO GIVE YOURSELF A PROMOTION

It’s so easy to let yourself slip down into the lowest level accountabilities of your job description.  Especially if your company is in a particularly challenging passage. It’s so tempting and easy to begin to micro-manage.  You might actually think you  know how to do the jobs of your direct reports (not).
And you can feel busy and like a good boss collaborating with your team. Or you can think you are setting high standards by picking on their work (so not).

At your level and that of your direct reports, you should all be doing something you don’t know how to do and that you are not yet good doing. Most people have to stretch into a new promotion. It is a learning curve moment–or learning cliff.  You get to feel validated for past performance and more than a little nervous about the demand for new results and contribution. It’s only a good promotion if stretch is involved. Otherwise you have promoted too late and are simply giving recognition.

SO, listen up CEO’s.  Give yourself a promotion.
Look up.
Look out
Look new
Look fresh
Look excited
Look differently
Give yourself a new job description. Out of the ordinary.  Into the future.

Give yourself the job you really want where the risk activates you and doesn’t wear you down with the grim familiar responsibility of everyday CEO ness.

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