HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ADVISED TO THINK + ACT LIKE A CEO? LEARN WHY I’M CALLING B.S. ON THIS.
If you think that being and acting like a CEO for your business is “what it takes”…to be successful?…to be ahead in the game?… I want to explain why I’m calling BS on it and what you can think and do instead.
A little background…
For me, January was a choker-full wild-donkey ride. In fact the bloody donkey didn’t stop until a few days ago. Yeah – but this gal can ride – she bought out her riding boots and bucked with one hand – because that’s how she rolls.
It was a few weeks ago, the city where I live, had a wild stormy weather weekend. In fact it was so wild a few neighbours’ trees toppled onto the power lines. We had no power.
At first, I thought this was exciting – total solitude by day and living by candles by night. What more could one ask for? By the end of the day two it turned out to be rather an annoying.
Though I find the a silver-lining-in-every-cloudy-storm and make the most of every opportunity, this time round I found I had withdrawals like an addict in rehab detoxing, no bloody internet – give me internet!
It was during this solitary-confinement, I got to reflect [more like forced to]. I found I could test myself on many things I didn’t even know existed – like 52 weeks of blogging topics. For me, the thought of sitting down and writing something is painful. Whereas, sitting down and designing is a piece of cake. I love many things creative,,,,most but not all.
I also took this opportunity to go to the local mall. I knew what I needed as I saw it on Pinterest. For once in my life I needed to learn to set some concrete “make-shit-happen” goals and work smarter not harder.
This life changing Journal is Work Smarter: Live Better in collaboration with Cyril Peupion.
We’ll get to the life changing bit soon. For now I want to share what it can do, if you’re a creative too and find thinking or acting like an entrepreneur is not a strong point.
In this book it encourages us to put on our “Hats”, every task we do for our business we take on a business role.
Which for me was a complete game changer. I never thought of treating my business one minute as a Entrepreneur or the next as a Creative Director. For so long the roles have never clearly been defined and often entwined with each other. It’s probably why planning and filling out my calendar for my business would never be achievable.
“MOST OF US HAVE NEVER BEEN TAUGHT HOW TO WORK. DESPITE SPENDING SO MUCH OF OUR TIME WORKING…”
If you’re finding it hard to block time out in your calendar – this will do it.
Think of all the stuff that needs to be done throughout the day/week as an Entrepreneur; there’s Marketer, Writer, Designer, Customer Relations, and these are called our Sub-Hats.
Our role is “Entrepreneur” but our Sub-Hats are the different areas of what an entrepreneur role would include.
Our sub-hats are the tasks that go along with and what’s included in the role.
And if you’re a Mum you may want to add in here under the Role column, and consider all the Sub Hats that come under this role.
We are Entrepreneurs therefore we can not act like a CEO –
the role of a CEO is VERY different to that of an Entrepreneur
In my previous life, when working with many CEOs – I think I ever came across one who has so many different roles. Yes he might have to switch his brain if he’s had a meeting one minute from the Chief Financial Officer to the Marketing Director the next.
What drives him is accountability to the Board of Directors – we, hold our own accountability [or your husband/partner may be on your Board of Directors] and that is by far a better way of thinking it.
But it’s not only that, as I mentioned before working in a role within a corporate business, most of us have one role to play and are a cog in the chain of production.
A CEO doesn’t sit down and write a blog post one minute and design up a series of images for social media, or even answer to any potential or current clients’ email queries…does he.
We are the Directors of many departments/roles AND we roll up our sleeves and do the work. Therefore we are what keeps ALL cogs rotating.
So instead of saying we need to think and act like a CEO, we need to rather ask, which Hat are we next put on next to achieve where we’re heading for today? For the future?
It baffles me as to why people would recommend Entrepreneurs to think and act like a CEO – when most don’t know how to.
I’m calling BS on this and suggest we think and act like a modern Entrepreneur who has many hats and need to figure out and divvy our time according to the Hats we wear.
I highly recommend this book. If you’re someone like me who loves to ‘free-wheel’ all day and everyday and seeking something that needs to ‘pull the reigns in’ this will do it. You get to work through, prioritise and put things into a daily perspective, without feeling too stifled and onerous.
You can find this book in the Kikki-K stores.
Have you read this book before now? If so, let me know in the comments below what sort of impact it made for you?