Summing up the CEO

Summing up the CEO

Adam Bryant interviewed 525 chief executives over 10 years for his New York Times column ‘Corner Office.’

His top 3 observations summed up in his final column are worth remembering as you work to make your career something meaningful … regardless of whether or not you want the top spot.

First, they share a habit of mind that is best described as ‘applied curiosity.’ They tend to question everything. They want to know how things work, and wonder how they can be made to work better. They’re curious about people and their back stories.

And rather than wondering if they are on the right career path, they make the most of whatever path they’re on, wringing lessons from all their experience…

Second, C.E.O.s seem to love a challenge. Discomfort is their comfort zone…

The third theme is how they managed their own careers on their way to the top. They focus on doing their current job well, and that earns them promotions.

That may sound obvious. But many people can seem more concerned about the job they want than the job they’re doing.”

Do your work. Be curious. Learn. Push it.

Enjoy more insight (15-minute read)…
How to Be a CEO, From a Decade’s Worth of Them.

Smile & Move.

P.S. Share with your team, of course. Have kids? Plant some seeds. Discuss the points during a meal.

A more enjoyable day … that’s the goal.

© 2018

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