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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Top 8 Differences Between a Worker Bee and a CEO

by Phil Glosserman

1. The CEO prioritizes her time around strategic activities that affect the company's growth and direction. The worker bee spends most of her time buzzing around doing projects and managing the details of the business.

2. The CEO thinks big and out into the future. The worker bee thinks in terms of short-term deadlines and constraints.

3. The CEO is clear about his role, responsibilities, and duties - he knows when to delegate, farm out, or hire. The head worker bee doesn't; make the distinction between being a worker and a manager. His boundaries are fuzzy and this often gets him, and the business, into trouble.

4. The CEO takes charge of building the company's reputation, image and trustworthiness. He is externally focused and "outward facing". The worker bee is more internally focused - on the tasks, projects and problems at hand.

5. The CEO realizes he must invest in himself, his company and his people to make the business thrive.  He readily invest time and money in coaching, education, training, etc.  The worker bee typically sees himself as too busy or strapped for cash to invest in himself.

6. The CEO is bold, visionary, optimistic, and takes calculated risks. The worker bee worries about getting through the current workload and may be afraid to take risks because things "may not work out". 

7. The CEO builds the capacity of the business ahead of the business growth.  The worker bee is reactive - he builds business capacity in response to business growth.  He usually adds people and other resources way late in the game and struggles to bring them up to speed while managing the work that has been piling up. 

8. The CEO sees herself as a leader in and outside the company. She is aware of her responsibilities to inspire and motivate people and takes it seriously.  Most worker bees don't see themselves as leaders. 

How do you stack up? Do you think and act like a CEO, a worker bee or a little bit of both?  It doesn't matter whether you're head of a large company or a one-man operation, if you want to be the CEO of your business, you must first think like a CEO.

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