These coaching assignments will help an executive avoid some of the pitfalls of the CEO job. They are simple, easy and will not take much time. They will help a CEO stay connected with workers, keep himself/herself humble and increase his/her learning while becoming more successful. The suggestions strive to be quick and easy to do, while still producing real results:
☛ Make space to practice these assignments
☛ Staying connected with the little people
☛ Staying humble
☛ Learning well
☛ Raise the bar
The CEO's success at team-building can often be measured through the team. Teams usually know when they are effective. They can also rate their team using assessments that measure specific behaviors.
"I can trust my teammates." "My teammates deliver their part of the project on time." "Every member knows what is expected of them." Regular team self-assessments can help the CEO track the team's progress and hone his/her abilities to keep the team running smoothly.
Having no day to day accountability for his/her actions can also turn a CEO sour. When things go wrong, she can blame everyone around his/her without facing his/her own shortcomings. My employees just do not get it, proclaims the CEO, never thinking for a moment that she is the one who hired them. Did they hire incompetents? Or have they failed to communicate goals consistently and clearly? Market conditions have changed. They declare. A nice excuse but is not it the CEO's job to anticipate the market and position the company for success under a variety of scenarios? Without someone to keep his/her honest, he/she can gradually absolve himself/herself of all responsibility.
Mondays can be a struggle for most professionals. However, when you love your job, Mondays can be positive. 66 percent of employers seek candidates who are self-motivated and 72 percent want to hire candidates with a positive attitude.
This is your opportunity to share why you are passionate about your career. Talk about what motivates you most in your career and how you will use that passion as inspiration during the work week.
Share a story about the time when you first become interested in your career. It could be a story about your first internship or an experience that attracted you to this type of work. When you tell your story, be sure to highlight experiences that relate to the job for which you are interviewing.
☛ Setting strategy:
The strategy and vision for the company determine where everyone will focus their efforts. Find a vision and strategy and use it to align your entire company.
☛ Creating the corporate culture:
Your culture will determine what people do and do not try, who will stay, who will leave and how business will get done. Culture starts with you. Decide how you want people to act and start modeling the behavior publicly.
☛ Capital allocation:
Every dollar you raise and spend should produce more than $1 of return for the company or it is a waste of money. Learn how to make these judgments.
Hiring and Firing:
☛ The job of executives is primarily team and culture building. Hiring and firing are must-have skills. Read, take classes and review past hiring successes and mistakes. Do whatever you can to hone your abilities.
Employers ask this question because they want to know if a candidate understands what their company is trying to accomplish. Employers already know you are going to research the company. Therefore, by asking this question, you are able to explain what you truly think about the company.
Focus your answer on what you have learned about the mission and values of the organization. You should also incorporate your personal values into your answer and how they will help you bring success to the organization.
This can be a tricky question, especially if you left your job on a negative note. However, employers ask this question to learn about your personality.
This is a good opportunity to talk about your work ethic and how your personality fit into your previous position. If you had a negative experience at your last job, share what you learned from the position and how you turned it into a positive experience.
According to a survey, 21 percent of employers want to hire candidates with strong creative thinking. Chances are interviewers will ask candidates how they can push the envelope in their positions once hired.
Talk about a project where you were forced to think outside of the box and utilize your resourcefulness. This helps interviewers understand your willingness to take risks and try new things.
Employers love hearing about accomplishment stories. Not only do they illustrate how you are qualified for the position but they also show what makes you unique as a candidate.
Share an accomplishment story from past experience that is applicable to the position for which you are applying.