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.