The Chief Executive Officer of any company is responsible for making sure the company is on track to reach its target and grow. The wrong CEO may be devastating and very public. If the board and the CEO don’t have a good rapport or are not on the same frequency can lead to potential catastrophe. The rough couple of months at Infosys, Apple when Steve Jobs was fired, HP without Meg Whitman are a few examples. Therefore it is really important for companies, startups in particular, to choose a CEO who fits the companies ideal, aims and ambitions perfectly.
Here are a few tips on how startups can hire a CEO who fits to a ‘t.’
Plan the criteria
Discuss, along with all the members of your board, what direction you want the company to take and what the new CEo will have to accomplish. If the board and the founders of the company themselves are confused, it becomes very difficult to find a level headed and experienced chief executive. Take into consideration the size of the company, if the potential candidates have worked with bigger companies or startups of the same size. Similarly, take the most important aspects of the company’s agenda into consideration to make the right choice.
Choose an insider
If possible, pick a CEO who has been with the company for a while. Multiple studies have shown that CEO chosen from inside the company have performed better than those chosen from outside the company. An insider tends to be more in tune with the workings of the company, already understands the route the company is taking and can work well with the employees.
It’s not just enough to hand over the reigns of the company to an experienced executive. The chosen candidates also need to have the right kind of industry experience. One of the most important roles of a CEO is to own the vision of the company. If the candidate does not have a relative understanding of the industry, it will become difficult for them to understand the company’s vision and which can thereby delay or hamper any or all progress.
While the previous points were about the characteristics to look at while looking for a CEO, this point speaks about the qualities a CEO should possess. Running a startup company is very hard work. If the executives don’t have the right conviction and courage, they will not be able to lead the company into the future. A CEO needs to have courage to take risks and the conviction to stick by these decisions during tough times.
Probably one of the most important aspects to keep in mind while hiring a CEO is their track record with other companies. Questions like what was that company’s turn over, how many products were launched successfully, where there any scandals during the tenure should have satisfactory answers to make a final decision.
Being the Chief Executive of a company is one of the hardest jobs in a company. So make sure that your next CEO meets all the prerequisites before hiring an executive.
How To Talk To People You Cannot Avoid
There is always that one person with whom you do not know how to break the ice. Even the most out going person could find it difficult to speak to strangers. However, every workplace has different people and sometimes, it just comes to a point where you have no choice but to initiate conversation; also known as small talk!
1. Begin with an anchor
An anchor is essentially the starting point of every random conversation. It helps to set the tone and gives you an idea of what the other person is thinking. I usually start off with something like, “Oh, the weather is so nice today, I do not feel like working!” The best part about these openers is both you and the person to whom you are talking to know the statement is for the purpose of small talk and the awkward ice can be finally broken!
2. Reveal something about you
The best way to fill the gap in those minutes where the conversation becomes awkward is to say something like, “this job is quite exciting. I have not done such a challenging role before!” When your colleague knows the struggle is real, the conversation flows easily and quickly.
Listen, because it is important. When you say some of those superficial line fillers, you never know what kind of a conversation it may trigger. For instance, I had a bad day at work and a colleague happened to ask me how I was. In all fairness, the question was just a simple opener. I took it to be a real opener and offloaded onto a stranger. What makes listening work is you can always learn something about the other person! On a side note, this person and I are really close friends now!
4. Know when not to talk
Okay so there are times when you are engaging in random conversations, you hear things you do not entirely agree with. If these conversations are with people you do not know, then it is best to really keep quiet and not say things you regret later.
Small talk is quite a task and usually, in an informal setting, the ice can be broken over shared interests. At work, that is a little harder, even for an extrovert like me! I have used these tips in the past so I truly hope they help you too!
How To Deal With Credit Stealers At Work
At every work place, there are several dynamics. However, to narrow down the topic here, there are two types of people to pay attention. The first are the kind who make sure they get the credit for their work. The second is the kind who pretend to be your best friend at work and end up shoving the knife deep down your back when you turn around. When people come and try to burst your bubble about the work, you feel betrayed. Why not? You put in the hard work and there is no credit coming your way. A certain Mr. X has this problem and he wonders how to deal with such a situation. If you face issues like the unassuming Mr. X, then these tips could work for you!
1 Take it as flattery
The saying, “imitation is the best form of flattery,” did not come from thin air. When working, it is quite easy to take credit from other people. However, when people chose to take credit for X’s work, it clearly meant he was brilliant at his job. Take it as praise for your ability, despite there being no quantifiable praise directed toward you.
2. Outdo Yourself
Every time someone takes credit for your work, it makes you want to push yourself harder and outdo yourself every day. Mr. X learned this the hard way and this made him so much better at his job than earlier! Think of Apple in this scenario. Samsung is always trying to be on par with Apple and seems to do a good job with the imitation. However, Apple remains undeterred and works at making sure it gives its fan base something new to look forward to with every phone!
3. Take a look at your insecurities
One of the main reasons credit stealing happened to Mr. X was because of how insecure he is with his work. Are you fuming that someone took your credit for something? Why? Is there an insecurity that has been unveiled, which led you to be so infuriated? Have you been looking for praise as a validation of your ability in something? Realise the “Shakti” in you and take let the world know you are not to be taken lightly!
Everyone has a point of view. Everyone puts in the same (some more) effort into their work. Give credit where credit is due and only take credit when you know your work is flawless and perfect!
Why Is Competitive Advantage Important For Your Start up?
The very first thing a start up does before flourishing in the marketplace is, develop a market plan! The market plan comprises of many factors, however, the most important is competitive advantage. So, what is a competitive advantage? It is basically anything that sets your business apart from another. Any firm requires a competitive advantage to make its presence felt in the business marketplace. Only then, can you differentiate your start up from other existing firms!
The significance of competitive advantage!
The start up world has been evolving with each passing day! The competition is getting intense like never before. So, how do you create superiority when compared to your rivals in the business market? Develop a brand recognition that a company either delivers quality products at a lower cost than the competitors or, offers various services at a greater value when compared to the competitors! Ensure that your products or services are better and best in terms of quality! This could create popularity among the consumers and they would spread a word which in turns makes your brand recognizable. Consumers could recognize your brand easily and prefer choosing you over others! When you establish an effective brand name, customer base becomes extremely powerful resulting, in customer loyalty. Isn’t that pretty much any firm would love to have? Having your customer come back to you over and over! Apart from this, when you establish an effective competitive advantage, you could develop the reputation of offering the best service or support in the industry which allows your company to charge more for your offering! This makes your investments in the firm all worth it, right?
Listed below are the parameters that you should consider while developing a competitive advantage for your start up!
- Quality of the product/service
For example, the famous fast food chain McDonald’s competitive advantage relies on a cost leadership strategy! Likewise, the technology giant Apple, is quite famous for its innovative products! This is how you differentiate your company from others! You discover and develop a unique strategy for your firm! However, at the end of the day, it is exceptionally important to keep a track of your firm’s growth in the marketplace! Find out what is working and what is not! With time, if something doesn’t click then work on it along with your marketing team and implement the change!
So, if you develop a great competitive advantage in the market, you could survive in the long run and become a market leader! A competitive advantage could make you or break you! In today’s competitive world, standing out from the crowd is essential! The best strategy for your company is to focus on improving the quality of your product or service so that it is universally recognized as being superior to anything else available! So, choose the path wisely in order to create a better competitive advantage for your start up!
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