This month’s leadership quote:
“CEO’s job is to grow it, not run it.”
—Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinkos
Easy to say, hard to do.
Whether owner or professional CEO, the temptation is to run it, to make the important decisions, because after all, we know what to do. People often say that Steve Jobs was in the weeds, involved in every key decision. And, how could this be true if he built the largest company in the world? Not physically possible. To me, he focused on growing it, not running it. It’s just that coming up with the next big idea in his business was what it took to grow it; and to some this appeared as though he was too involved.
- What does it take in your company to grow it?
- Is this what you are spending your time doing?
- If you are spending time doing something else, what changes are necessary?