CEO as Super VP

CEO Fail: The Super VP CEO

In my first CEO role I intentionally sought out another CEO in Austin as a peer, because his company was in the same general industry as mine. We would often run into each other at events around town or at industry trade shows. When I saw this CEO, he would always launch into a description of […]

CEO roles

Six Hats of the CEO: The Highest Value Roles

To be great the modern CEO must have tremendous influence over their organizations while in some sense seeming to do very little. How CEOs should spend their time has been the focus of my series on the Six Hats of the CEO. Which roles should you spend the most time in as a CEO? Here […]

CEO roles and responsibilities

Six Hats of the CEO: Priest

The sixth and final hat in this series is one I am adding to Jim Schleckser’s work on The High Leverage Roles of a CEO: the Priest hat. I was reared Catholic so I use the term priest, but feel free to substitute your own term for spiritual advisor. While wearing the Priest hat, you […]

CEO roles and responsibilities

Six hats of the CEO: Learner

The French author Francois de la Rochefoucauld observed “the only thing constant in life is change.” Great CEOs understand this and are constantly trying to improve and expand their knowledge. They should focus on learning both inside and outside of the business. Inside the business you should focus your learning on your products, customers and […]

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Six hats of the CEO: Engineer

The engineer hat – the fourth in my series about the six roles of the CEO – is about “the methodology you use to deliver value to clients.” This is according to Jim Schleckser, CEO and managing partner of the Inc. CEO Project and creator of the “five hats of the CEO.” He says that early in […]

CEO roles and responsibilities

Six Hats of the CEO: Architect

The architect is the third hat in my series on the six roles of the CEO. Jim Schleckser, CEO and managing partner of the Inc. CEO Project, created the five hats of CEOs (stay tuned for my own contribution) and says the architect is one of the most important roles. It’s all about business model […]

CEO roles and responsibilities

Six Hats of the CEO: Player

In my search for experienced CEOs to learn from I joined a CEO peer group called the Inc. CEO Project. This group led by Jim Schleckser was particularly valuable in my thinking about how CEOs should spend their time. Jim is one of the best CEO coaches in the country and has written about the […]