What would your company, small business or organization look like if everyone operated and functioned as a CEO? I’m not talking about a double head dragon, but what if everyone saw the bigger vision of the company. If at their level, whatever level that may be, they made better decisions, they operated in excellence and efficiency.
When you think about the best CEO’s or the role of the CEO, what comes to mind? Terms like focused, intelligent, decision maker and so on. So how do we get everyone in the organization to function like a CEO?
There are three ideas I know work because I have used them over the last 15 years with great success. When I was in the Army, I was thought to always operate two grades or levels above my current position. This concept has served me well and always helps me to see the bigger picture.
Here are three quick ideas you can do to create C.E.O’s at every level:
CHALLENGE individuals to not only be doers, but thinkers. Most team members are taught to do a job, but not to think about the job they are doing. This causes people to just learn enough not to be fired, but they fail to improve on the processes that are being used. When you challenge team members to explore better ways to complete task, even the daily routine ones, you equip them to become more efficient. Genius CEO’s know how to manage their time well; by challenging your teams to do the same you create a CEO minded team member.
EMPOWER team members not only to succeed, but to fail as well. What I mean is remove the fear of what will happen if I make a mistake. Every CEO I have talked to has taken risk and made mistakes. Many of them have told me it was the mistakes that made them better leaders. Working in an environment where every one is afraid to take initiative kills innovation. I tell my teams all the time, there is not a mistake we cannot overcome. Hopefully you have hired good people and when a mistake is made, it was not from being careless, but from taking risk and trying to make something better.
OBSERVE the teams work and give early feedback. This will prove to be invaluable in the long run. By helping team members see the bigger picture and how decisions are made will help them make better decisions at their level. Create a dialogue to find out why a certain decision was made. Seek to find the best decisions and let the best decisions win.
If you implement these ideas, you will be on your way to creating C.E.O’s at every level.
How do you empower your team or organization to perform better? Share your ideas below…
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