CEO, you are not alone

Are you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with managing your company?

You're not alone. Many founding CEOs are exceptional at sparking innovative ideas and motivating their teams. However, they often realize that running a company's day-to-day operations isn't their strongest suit, nor is it something they enjoy.

You are not alone, in another sense as well. There also are people who both excel and are passionate about building companies. Those who love to get their hands dirty about those things that you absolutely dislike.

If this resonates with you, here are a few strategies to consider:

Partner with your complementary equal:

The most enduring solution is finding a partner who is as skilled in executing your vision as you are in creating it. Think of the dynamic duos in business history: Your Tim Cook to Steve Jobs, your Paul Allen to Bill Gates. While this partnership might bring its share of conflicts, these are the sparks that drive a company's progress in ways you never imagined.

Hire a balanced team:

If you prefer to stay at the helm, consider building a team that complements your skills. This can include experienced executives or even chief-of-staffs – essentially, people committed to making your vision a reality. Empower this team to handle the operational tasks, allowing you to focus on your areas of strength.

Engage a CEO Operations Advisor:

For immediate support, an Operations Advisor can be a game-changer. They offer accountability and guidance in areas you're less familiar with. While not a permanent solution, their perspective, uninfluenced by internal dynamics, can be extremely valuable.

Every option provides a way to balance your visionary strengths with the practical demands of running a successful company. Remember, acknowledging your limitations is the first step towards effective leadership and long-term success.


Ps. For the avoidance of doubt, it's important to acknowledge that in some sense, you are always alone at the top.

Whether you have a true founding partner or not, the role of a CEO can be isolating. You'll bear the weight of decisions and accountability largely by yourself. It's a path where complete support from others might not always be feasible. Therefore, it's crucial to remember self-care and practice self-compassion. The emotional and psychological aspects of leadership are significant and often overlooked.

They deserve attention, perhaps in another post, as they are integral to your success and well-being.

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