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Everyone should be ‘CEO’ of their job and manage as if they own that part of the business

The CEO of Workforce Software believes that workers will need to be more self-sufficient and proactive about managing their careers in 2021

Source | |  MIKE MORINI

Business leaders are always looking for rock star employees who have the skills and potential to grow in their roles and—eventually—take charge. With remote work continuing into 2021, workers will need to be more self-sufficient and proactive about managing their careers.

My mantra is that everyone should be the “CEO” of their own role and manage their area as if they own that part of the business.

Here are five tips to help you be the CEO of your own role, no matter how big or small that role is.


No one tells a CEO what to do every day. If want to grow your business (or your role), you need to take initiative. What can you do that is above and beyond what your boss has asked you to do? If you think something could be done in a better way, make a suggestion for how to improve it. If you see something that needs to be done, start doing it. Volunteer to take on projects that stretch you in new directions. These are not only great ways to learn, but you will also demonstrate that you are ambitious and willing to take on more.


In my first sales job, I was a bulldozer. If someone didn’t do something the way I wanted it done, I just did it myself. But there was a limit to what I could get done on my own and I started to burn out. If you want to scale your work and have a bigger impact, you have to learn to work with a team. Collaborate with your teammates and trust other people to help you get the job done. Especially early on in your career when you may not have direct reports, you need to learn to lead through influence. Build relationships with the people you work with to establish trust. This is harder when we are all working from home, but a 15 minute “virtual” coffee break to chat about something non-work related can help build that rapport.

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