Six things CEOs should do every day

Spoken | August 9, 2016

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CEOs are ultimately responsible for the operation of an entire organization. They have to know what is going on with every facet of the company, from marketing to finance to social media as well as with each team member. Every CEO is incredibly busy due to the nature of the job, but the majority of CEOs seem to have a knack for getting it all done while maintaining good working relationships with their staff.

How do they do it? Well, we did a bit of research, and we learned that most CEOs have one or two tricks up their sleeve that allows them to manage their time effectively and still maintain a connection to their team.

Don’t schedule a ton of meetings

This may seem counter-intuitive to most people, but the harsh reality is that meetings take a lot of time and chop up the day, hindering productivity. Most CEOs find they can increase productivity by having one maybe two short meetings a week is plenty to connect with the team and make sure everyone is on the same page.

Observe the 48 hour rule

Simply put, if there is a difficult issue to confront, do your best to deal with it within 48 hours. The longer a difficult situation is allowed to drag on, the more far-reaching the negative fallout. Dealing with things in a timely manner keeps negative fallout at bay and keeps morale high.

CEO leadershipTake the time to talk

Investing time to talk, answer questions and offer encouragement lets your team know that you’re present and that you care. One CEO said he likes to manage by walking around. He said, “During the day, I make five or six trips to the kitchen at the other end of our office. On my way, I try to talk to people one on one, solicit their questions and reinforce our strategy as it pertains to them.” Leadership begins with listening.

Manage your e-mail

Email is a challenge for everyone and for busy CEOs in particular. Figure out the best time of day to sort through your email and sort through it. One CEO realized that while he only dealt with a couple of emails at a time, he realized that it was adding up to about two hours a day. Another CEO answered emails only at 7:30 AM before she left for the office and at 3:30 PM, when the calendar was free of meetings. The beauty of email is its efficiency, but if it’s eating up too much time, increase productivity and focus by setting aside time in the morning or at the end of the day to deal with email.

Hire the right people and trust them to do their jobs

This one is pretty self-explanatory. A good CEO will be able to accomplish a lot simply by hiring the right people. Lee Iacocca famously said, “I hire people brighter than me and I get out of their way.”

Get into the trenches with your team

This may seem like micro-managing, but it’s not. It’s important for leaders to know the day-to-day workings of the company. Why? So that she can see any problems that may exist and to provide accessibility to the team. One CEO put it this way: “The worst thing a CEO can do is fail to understand the work that the employee at the lowest rung of their business is doing.”

By keeping meetings to a minimum, acting immediately, managing email and getting into the trenches, successful CEOs toe the line between leadership and engagement. Are you a CEO or in the C-suite? What are some things you do every day to stay efficient and engaged?

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