Organization – That’s your job, Boss

Running a business is not an easy job. You have to make sure that every gear in your company is well oiled and working fast. Sometime you have to go into the hood and replace broken gears or re-oil them.

But One thing that you shouldn’t do is to be the gear. As a CEO, your job is to make sure your organization work efficiently, and work the way you want. To do this, you don’t have to be an expert for every field. What you need is the right person for every position. That person will be advising you the best practice for his/her department. If you are the one who is advising them, then it’s a last generation organization. As the next generation organization, CEO will be the one who listen and decide, not the one who advice and do. There is one easy way to know which one is you: If you are the one who talk a lot in a meeting and your employees are listening and taking note, this organization is obsolete. If you are the one who listen to the suggestions, your employees are fighting for their own ideas and at the end of the day you make the well-informed decisions, then you are on the right track.

In our world today, there is too much knowledge to know. It’s impossible to know everything. If all of your employees depends on you for inputs, the total value of your organization is only you. This is a waste of time and money.

Some say that doing this will let your company lose the steer. Yes they are right if that is the only thing that CEOs do. However, this is not the case. Like driving a car, CEO will be the one who is steering and watch the dashboard for engine condition and problems. You are the one who hold the steering but not necessarily know about every moving part in the engine. But in this analogy, your car also self-revolutionize into a better and faster car.

My last words, stop being a car mechanic and start being the driver.

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  1. #1 by TiM on January 11, 2010 - 12:45 pm

    i like this post. stop being a car mechanic and be a driver. it’s true though. although it may seem hard to be the CEO, but work smart always pays off.

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