Are you ready for the job of CEO?

Are you ready for the job of Chief Executive Officer? Have you really thought about what it is like and what it takes to be prepared? Have you tried and failed several times to reach your CEO goal and are wondering where he stumbling block is? In reviewing your career history, the first thing to do is to understand the differences between being a senior leader and being the CEO and where you stand from an experience perspective.

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Trust is the cornerstone of success

It doesn’t take much thought to see that trust in our governance systems is cracking like an eggshell. We saw this with the recent reversal of voter support for Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain, as well as last year’s vote for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump’s first six months in office sees him challenged by three investigations into issues surrounding his campaign as well as his unseemly "unpresidential" behaviour. Canada isn’t immune, as the recent British Columbia election seems to suggest.

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Avoid summer haze by boosting engagement

Finally, those lazy, hazy days of summer have arrived. University students have found their summer jobs and elementary and high school students are getting increasingly excited as they begin the countdown to summer vacation. Summer season also affects our workplaces in at least two ways. First, employees quickly line up with their vacation requests, causing scheduling challenges for management. Second, people typically find it hard to concentrate in the summer, so employee productivity often lags behind.

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Trust in the Workplace

Often when we think of trust in the workplace, the general belief is that a good workplace environment has trust. Trust must exist amongst the employees as coworkers and trust must exist with the management team. Employees must feel trust that the decisions being made are being made with everyone’s best interests in mind, while meeting the objectives of the company. This trust forms the basis of the culture of the company that will propel the company forward towards success and will sustain the organization when times are tough and the employees are counted upon to do even more to ensure the company bounces back. When trust exists, employees are able to change direction, seek out new ways of doing things, and embrace the work they are doing as they are committed to the success they are witnessing by the actions that follow, the decisions that are being made.

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Supply chain management: a growing field

As you sit and read today’s newspaper, my guess is you’ve also engaged in some online shopping at some time during the week. Perhaps, after successfully purchasing a new book from amazon.ca, you’ve now become a frequent shopper for the many other items now being offered. If not, you’ll have at least tried the "ship from the store" option being offered by many retailers. It seems that "e-commerce" is becoming a big part of our lives.

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