Today’s post is a tiny bit off-topic, but still relevant to most business folks, especially those who are charged with the responsibility for managing others. It was lifted directly from a special section of Notre Dame Magazine’s Winter 2014-15 issue, in which the editors tasked various ND professors with tackling their own chosen Best Of lists.
A fellow named J.S. O’Rourke, ND ’68, is a professor of management at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and came up with these ten things a CEO should remember. We thought they were so good, we’d just post them directly here, with all due attribution of course, as noted above. If only a couple ring true – and I think far more than that will — he’ll have done well enough. While Professor O’Rourke probably can’t take credit for creating many of them, he’s done a nice job of compiling them, as follows…
- You didn’t get here by yourself.
- If we are unable to measure that which is important, we will ascribe importance to that which we can measure.
- Money is an important yardstick, but it is neither the only measure, nor is it the most important measure available to you.
- The men and women whose labor has created the opportunity, wealth and prosperity for so many are your most valuable asset.
- The vast majority of people identify directly with the work they do and the organization that employs them. Do your best not to screw it up.
- The line between incompetence and immorality is, perhaps, thinner in executive management than in any other occupation.
- Culture eats strategy for lunch.
- The numbers tell a story, but they do not make a decision.
- No one in your organization, yourself included, is irreplaceable.
- In the end, few will remember what you’ve done’ none will remember what you’ve said. But no one will forget how you made them feel.