I will answer your question with some questions. I’m not a shrink, but I am and have been a CEO many times and over the years I’ve learned that the definition of a good and bad day was solely based upon the clarity of my goals and what I had done that day to move them forward. Here are a few questions that you should ask yourself to create a self evaluation for the Good Day/Bad Day question:
- ATTITUDE: How’s my attitude? No matter what’s going on have I maintained a positive attitude? A mentor once told me something that I know think of every day and believe is a universal truth; Someone is ALWAYS watching! If you have a good attitude or bad attitude, it will show and be reflected by your looks and actions, and, someone is always watching. How goes your attitude; so goes everyone in your company. So, how did I do today?
- SALES: Did I sell something today? The CEO has a unique opportunity to do things and get into doors that no one else in the company can access. The title alone should demand a certain level of respect, enough to earn the right on most occasions to be allowed into many otherwise inaccessible doors of important clients and potentially important prospects. So, did I do anything today to contribute to the bottom line in a way that only I could?
- RESPONSIVENESS: Was I reactive or proactive today? Was I a good listener and did I thoroughly understand the issues? Did I really strive to understand the needs of my team and customers from their point of view and then did I act on those needs?
- METRICS: Did I check my metrics or create metrics where there were none on all key areas? In order to protect my company’s money I must never waste it. Metrics are the only way to know for sure if something is or isn’t working, and then I know when to stop something or keep pushing (and spending) forward.
- The POWER OF NO: Did I say “NO” enough today. Sometimes “NO” is a precursor to a smart “YES”!
- GOALS: Are my goals for myself and my company absolutely and completely clear? Is my mission clear and solid? Did I live my values today? Do I have a constantly evolving vision for my company and the people that are making that vision happen and did anything happen today that might alter or change my goals and vision?
- TIME is PERISHABLE: Did I prioritize my time today? Did I manage my day or did it manage me? Today, did I work on only those tasks that had the highest priority and consequence or did I allow myself to get distracted?
- PRIORITIES: Did I remind myself more than once today that things can change very quickly. Things that I have control over and things that I don’t have control over can affect our results today. So, the question is, what did I do today to protect our tomorrow?
- VALUABLE MISTAKES: Did I learn from my mistakes today or did I dwell on them? Remember it’s only a mistake if I didn’t learn from it in a way that I will never repeat it.
There are other factors but these are a few of the things that will dictate a good or bad day for any CEO. Use this list and add to it as things arise. Strive to make every day a good day by learning from each one. You make the call. It’s really up to you!
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