When Cloning Sheep Just Isn't Enough

Becoming the CEO: When Cloning Sheep Just Isn’t Enough

Chris Ballard FamilyA few weeks ago, I had the rare opportunity to visit Disneyland with my siblings – just my siblings.  I didn’t bring my spouse or children it was just me and my brothers and sisters visiting the happiest place on earth.  For those who know me, you’re aware that I’m a self-proclaimed workaholic who only gets this opportunity once every ten years or so.  For this reason, I decided to mentally go on this trip with my body…  I just re-read that last sentence and it sounds a little strange, so I’ll illustrate what I mean…

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Becoming the CEO: Transitioning from follower to leader

Becoming the CEO: Knowing You Have What It Takes

When you choose to make the jump from employee to owner – will you have what it takes?  In Astronaut lingo, will you have the “right stuff”?  And what is the “right stuff” anyways?  How will you know if you do or don’t have it – and does it really matter as long as you have some stuff?!? Read more

Outsourcing Yourself: A Key to Growth

Becoming the CEO: Outsourcing Yourself – A Key To Growth

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”1

CEO’s are just as human as the people we employ.  Even so, there are lessons we learn as an employee that should stick, but sometimes get lost along the path.  Years ago, I managed a team of employees whose job it was to distribute collateral across a world-wide organization.  I had grown the team from 3 to 7 employees in the space of a year.  It had been a great year and my annual performance review reflected my growth.  Within it however was one bump in the road that I needed to improve upon in the coming year.  At the time, I was in charge of a marketing print & fulfillment budget of around $2M, and my Director had requested that I sharpen my cost-control and accountability skills to show an improved ROI this next year.

 

How was I going to sharpen my accounting skills and apply them within the 12 month window to show my progress?  How was I going to run a growing team with growing responsibilities and needs, without losing momentum?  Budgets were tightening and I needed to figure it out quickly.

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Becoming the CEO : An Introduction

Becoming The CEO: A Blog Series Introduction

Welcome to the realization of the first of 5 business-related New Year’s Resolutions for 2018!

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