I’m going to be honest with you and admit that from time to time I get sucked into a TV marathon. Don’t worry; I do try to learn something so it’s not a complete waste of time! Recently this happened with several episodes of Undercover Boss.
By the second episode I noticed a few patterns. A few more episodes and the messages became clear. No matter what size the company, the CEO faced similar revelations.
You’re an entrepreneur as you pursue your creative endeavors. With everything you do as you pursue your goals, it’s easy to get busy with the day-to-day and forget that you are the CEO of your art and your life.
As you read the tips below, think about how the CEO version of you is treating the worker bee version of you.
Countless employees expressed that while they liked or even loved their jobs, they did not feel appreciated. And as you might imagine, being in that environment for eight hours a day was making a truly negative impact on their lives. Are you appreciating or ignoring everything your creative self does for you?
Some - ahem Don Draper - may say, “Your paycheck is the thank you!” However, I hope you’ll agree that while that may be true, as a thoughtful and kind CEO of yourself, you’ll reach higher levels of satisfaction and fulfillment if you show yourself appreciation and acknowledge all the work you do each day.
Believe it or not, several companies did not have a system in place for collecting feedback from their employees. In an interview with a manager for a national fast food chain that was on the show, the manager said the national marketing team removed an item from their menu that was a best seller, and with no notice. It just wasn’t popular in the Northern region where the headquarters was located. They didn’t listen when she tried to get it back on the menu.
Where are you letting important feedback slip through the cracks? Be open to surprising sources and pay attention to everything. Do you get a headache when you face a certain task you’ve been meaning to delegate? Did a collaborator make a suggestion, but you didn’t consider it because you were too stuck on your original plan?
3. Opportunities and Innovation
People at different levels of a business see things differently. Many of the CEO’s realized that what they thought about their business from the bird’s eye view did not match what was happening on the ground. Many employees had great ideas and could see opportunities where others just weren’t looking.
As you move through your day, you will have moments of inspiration and ideas for all of your projects. It’s important to collect these and write them down so you don’t forget. Schedule time once or twice a month to review your collection of ideas and make ‘big picture’ plans for your body of work. It will become easy and fun to decide on your next move as you build a lasting creative legacy. Certainly much more fun than staring at a blank page as you try to come up with new ideas.
Tell me below- does your inner CEO have some changes to make?
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