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Looking for a New Job? How to Evaluate the CEO:

Looking for a New Job? How to Evaluate the CEO:
From Recruiter - November 21, 2016

I serve quite a few chief human resources officers (CHROs). When I am supporting one of them in acareer-marketing search, I tend to get a little strident about how important it isto qualify their potentialbosses before taking a role. Usually, this is the CEO or the business owner.

I push CHROs to explore the following question when evaluating a CEO:

Has the CEO Taken Charge of the Culture, or Have They Turned It Over to Someone Else?

Perhaps to someone like you?

If you are a CHRO and the CEO isnt leading your culture, keep your bags packed! You will be evaluated and judged on tasks that are as difficult to complete as pushing an egg up a hill with your nose! Some CEOs, not wanting to be bothered with culture, actually throw human resources executives onto the pyre for failing an initiative that only the CEOs themselves can lead.

Engaged CEOs lead their cultures. The very word engagement implies connectedness and transparency. Most engagement programs are already failing when the CEO walks into the human resources department and says, Fix the problem. Make no mistake about it: Engagement is an emotional state, and many CEOs are uncomfortable with the feelings generated by the human side of business. Others are so frenzied in dealing with the market and shareholder expectations they believe they cant add culture to their crowded plates.



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