THE FIVE TEMPTATIONS OF A CEO:
-By PATRICK LENCIONI.
It was a leadership fable. Mr Patrick, the author is of best-selling books. THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM and THE FOUR OBSESSIONS OF AN EXTRAORDINARY EXECUTIVE. In addition to his work as an author, Mr Pat consults and speaks to thousands of people each year on topics relating to leadership, teamwork, management, and organization development. Mr Pat currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.
Mr Pat is also the president of the Table Group, a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm that specializes in executive team development and organizational health. The Table Group offers the following professional services:
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Mr Pat lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Laura, and their three sons, Matthew, Connor, and Casey.
Such a great book for aspiring CEOs and struggling CEOs. I would love to share with you all. I’m lucky and deserved to be a CEO.
We are the CEO of our own life. Adding to one more point, we would love to grab the position. Whether you are a startup CEO or you got the position from any organization as a CEO.
Here the author has rightly pointed out the temptations. There are enough rules and strategies to become CEO. Also, these temptations give a wider approach to all the CEOs.
These are neither simple nor complicated. But if you analyze, if you approach keenly to every temptation. You could able to know.
What does it take to be a CEO?
CEO is not a bureaucrat. He/she is the leader and took his/her organization into the right path. That right path leads to successive journey and leaves a rich legacy.
THE FIRST TEMPTATION:
Before going into the first one, the author has conveyed a story with the temptations.
I would like to deliver the facts wrote by the author. Then, you the reader can understand. Easily.
Andrew O’Brien is the CEO of Trinity Systems for the past five years. Well, tomorrow would be the one-year anniversary of Andrew promotion. It was his first board meeting. For an entire fiscal year, the results show “unspectacular”.
Finally, things getting worse.
As Andrew get into the train, he saw an elderly man wearing some sort of uniform. He appeared to be as a janitor of some kind the name “Charlie” was patched into the pocket of his grey shirt.
Suddenly Andrew felt uncomfortable.
Should I talk to this man? He thought. Certainly, he’ll expect me to acknowledge him; there is no else on the train. But what do I say?
In the next moment, Andrew looked at the seat next to him as though he were searching for the advice.
The old man said matter of fact, “The heat in this car is the best on the train. On cool nights like this, I prefer coming here to talk.”
To talk about what? Andrew asked, realizing immediately what a ridiculous question it was. “To talk to whom?” would have made more sense.
But the old man answered without a pause. “Whatever you want to talk about.”
Again asked, “So then, you work on the train?”
“Sometimes I do. If that’s where I’m needed.” The old man said without a hint of pretention. What do you do for a living?
Andrew seemed at a loss. “Well, I guess I’m in technology.”
What kind of technology?” Charlie asked again.
Calculators to commercial computer systems. I work for a company called Trinity Systems. Andrew replied.
“Oh yes, I’ve heard of that.” Charlie. So you are a technical guy, then?
Andrew paused, he suddenly felt the need to tell the old man who he was. “Actually, I’m the CEO. My name is Andrew.
“Well, I’m Charlie nice to meet you.
As they shook hands, Andrew noticed that the old man hadn’t flinched at the mention of his title. Does he even know the C-E-O stands for? Andrew wondered.
The old man said, “It looks like we might be here for a while. Why don’t you tell me what’s bothering you?”
But Andrew couldn’t believe the word came out of his mouth.
Am I really going to tell this old man, this janitor, my problems?
Am I desperate?
Apparently so, because here I go.
After clearing his throat, “I don’t know how much you know about a business, but being a CEO is pretty complicated.”
It is? Charlie surprised. “Tell me about it.”
Andrew starts with I don’t wanna be rude to you. But I’m not sure it would be interesting for you.
Charlie started with I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging. But when I was a boy, my father ran a company, and I learned a thing or two from him.
My father said that it wasn’t complicated-running a company, I mean. He used to say that ‘people make it complicated because they are afraid to look at simple issues.’
But I can say being a CEO is conceptually simple.
He paused for effect.
“Unless, of course, you’re failing.”
“I mean that if you were failing-and it sounds like you don’t think you are, but if you were-then you would have to be given in it to one of the five temptations that all CEO’s face.
“Could you just quickly tell me what the five temptations are?”
Charlie paused, “Sit back for a few minutes. I’ve got some questions to ask you.”
Andrew took a deep breath, looked at his watch, and then leaned on back.
The First Temptation starts.