July 5, 2010   
Shoe Gram, vol.65
Welcome to Keep Your Running Shoes On Weekly Shoe Gram!

CEO & Upper Management only!


This week is for CEO and upper management folks only. Those of you in middle management, hang in there…we’ve got something just for you next week.

When you run a company, regardless if you’re a huge corporation with a board of directors or an entrepreneur with your office in the corner bedroom of your house, you are always dealing with issues and hurdles.

Okay, work with me…our primary job is overcoming hurdles with employees, customer issues and sometimes its operations. It can be any combination of the above or all of them at once. In fact, much of our time is spent removing hurdles related to the budget, expenditures, delivery of our product or service, the marketing people and the list goes on and on. The old expression is, “Sometimes when you are up to your eyeballs in alligators, it’s hard to remember that our initial objective was to drain the swamp!”

After your name on your business card, your title may say CEO, COO, CFO, President, Vice President or even owner. Let’s rethink this. First, there are hundreds and thousands of people who have the same title. So what makes you so different? Second, if you hand somebody that card and they see the title we are suggesting, we promise they will ask what it means.

Here is your swift kick in the butt challenge: Change the title on your business card, your door, the company directory and the way you are introduced at an event to CHRO. Chief Hurdle Removal Officer. And really focus on your real job.

In your Running Shoe Monday Meeting, talk about what your job really is and what you bring to the table. Plus, have some fun. Work is a lot more fun when we make certain parts of it a game. Become the Chief Hurdle Removal Officer for your company and watch how the employees react. Watch how quickly conflicts, problems and issues are resolved. As the new spirit around the company begins to shift in a positive direction, bottle it, package it and ship it off to others that will benefit.

Next week, you middle management people who read through this anyway, will get an idea for middle management that will enhance the attitude generated by the CHRO.

(CHRO is an idea from The Little Big Things, 163 Ways to pursue Excellence by Tom Peters. Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to order your copy.)

Please email Norma Havens or Bob Belknap at The University of Street Smarts and let us know how your meeting went. Or call us at (775) 746-5340 or Toll Free at (877) 414-9985. Your really great ideas could be part of a future weekly Shoe-Gram. And pass your Shoe Gram on to others who will benefit from a great idea.


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