It’s amazing what people expect from their CEO. Most assume that they are all-knowing experts on every topic under the sun, but few have any idea what the average CEO would not say. For example, CEOs would often not say that CEOs would best avoid them as they waste time and effort. How much do you know about your CEO? Have you ever given any thought to making a speech to them to thank them for the position they currently hold? Here are some things that CEOs would not say.
Your time is not available.
Another word CEO would not say is your time is not available. Sometimes, the most important job a CEO can do is to be a calming presence in the middle of chaos. Unfortunately, to accomplish this, many CEOs become too involved in the business’s daily operations and focus solely on running the day-to-day activities. If you are doing this, it is often because your schedule is complete, and there isn’t enough time in the day to give it all the attention it needs.
You are fired
You are fired! This is one of the worst things that a CEO would not say. Ideally, an organization would develop a policy where the CEO would be removed when there was widespread dissatisfaction with their performance. However, this rarely happens due to politics, fear of layoffs, or a desire for revenge. So instead of a thank, you note to thank them for the job they’ve done, the best thing to do is to pass a resolution in congress requesting that your CEO is fired.
You are not interested.
You are not interested! A CEO would not say this. I’m sure that your employees want you to succeed, but a good number would rather believe that you’re out for more money than helping them achieve. In an ideal world, you should be interested in both and show your employees how they affect the bottom line. However, this rarely happens in the real world, and instead of an investment in your employee’s and customer’s well-being, you make them feel like less of a priority.
Your time is not necessary.
Your time is not necessary. On some issues, such as raising capital or making acquisitions, the need for additional time may be considered to be an acceptable trade-off for the benefits that will be derived from the activity. However, when it comes to reducing inventory or simply answering customers’ questions, you have time to give before you get paid. This is what I would not say as one of the things that the CEO would not say.
That’s not in my job description
Before you start blaming your staff for not being motivated, ask yourself if the leader has set a good example of going above and beyond. A CEO should always be the embodiment of an excellent employee. They need to set a good example for their employees and put in that little extra effort, which will inspire others on staff to do so as well. This is another word that a CEO would not say
My time is not essential.
My time is not essential. But, again, this falls under the benefit/cost trade-off discussed above. So often, management focuses on their own needs instead of looking out for their best interests. If you think about it if you are busy doing your job, how often are you even thinking about what you’re doing? Most of the time, I would say that you are simply not giving your best effort.
I hate this job
Holding a negative attitude towards your work will not help you; it can create an environment where people are too afraid to speak up, and everyone suffers. When complaining about the role or company that they’re in, employees make themselves look bad by appearing lazy and unmotivated. For workers to feel valued at their position when listening to someone complain of another’s plight is more complex than just doing so with others who have equal standing among them as coworkers..
My employees are my most valuable asset.
My employees are my most valuable asset. In my job as a coach, I hear this theme over again: “My employees are my most valuable asset.” What you often don’t realize is that your employees are also your most valuable asset. How often do you hear or see an employer or business leader saying these two things? I would submit to you that these two things are often told by CEOs who are not very effective in their jobs.
My employees make me whole.
My employees make me whole. Sometimes this is just an emotional reaction based upon the experiences we’ve had in the past. However, this is often a sincere statement by a CEO who wants to make sure that his employees are as productive as possible. These are the two things that CEO would not say. Why? Because they are more critical, and that means they are less worthy of being told.