Hell’s Demons – The CEO
The last of the demons and perhaps the most troublesome is the CEO. Fortunately there is only one (although often people behave as if there are more). But what they lack in numbers, they make up for in pure pain and suffering.
There are two versions of reality where the CEO is involved. Reality and their reality. Whilst everyone else is living in one, they inhabit the other. Unfortunately given that they somehow made their way to the top of the pile, the trick is to allow them to remain thinking and living in their world, whilst managing everything else that is going on in the “real world”. The downside comes when they gain a sudden moment of clarity and demand to know what the hell is going on. At this point, they need nursing back into their reality as you would sing a child to sleep.
Most CEOs are mad. Whether they were mad before or whether the process of getting to where they are has made them go bonkers, no-one really knows. Each one differs in their “idiosyncracies” but failure to identify these early on and take appropriate action can only lead to one result, career suicide.
The most astonishing thing about the CEO however, is that they already know everything I have just told you (although they would never admit it). They are always one step ahead no matter how fast you run – that is how they got to where they are. They problem is diagnosed and the cure prescribed. Simple really. There must always be someone there to take the bullet, to blame and to tell them that everything will be ok.
That person, they call the HRD.