Thinking back to my early days as a CEO, I wish I had understand these things better on the first day.
1. Communicate and then communicate again
I wish I had understand that my #1 job was to communicate. As the CEO, you are communicating vision, progress and guidance constantly each day. As you apply more thought to this, you can craft the right messages that inspire and deliver results.
2. Constantly prioritize
I was overwhelmed with the sheer volume of initiatives on my plate each day. I wish I had understand how important it is to constantly evaluate priorities and say no. You can’t take every meeting or do every task… pick out the important ones.
3. Hold the leadership team accountable
As CEO, you are the direct manager for the executive team, one of the most challenging teams to manage. You need to ensure they are aligned on your objectives, transparent on what progress is being made and held accountable for results. I started using my toolfor our team to do this effectively.