Ten Things A CEO Should Always Remember

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Posted by: briansittley Comments: 0 0 Post Date: January 20, 2015

JS O'Rourke ND 68Today’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.

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