Chief Executives

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TL;DR… What do Chief Executives do?


Job Description

Your job is to Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Common job titles of Chief Executives include:
Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Executive Director, Executive Vice President (EVP), Operations Vice President, President, Vice President.

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 25.83% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 21.61% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

A Day in the Life of Chief Executives

Wondering what Chief Executives REALLY do throughout a day at work? Perhaps you should know what you’ll be doing all day before pursuing a career. So here are some tasks that Chief Executives can be found doing during the work day. Hover over each task for information about relevance and importance. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that have similar tasks.


Everyday Tasks

    Analyze operations to evaluate performance of a company or its staff in meeting objectives or to determine areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement, or policy change.

    Direct, plan, or implement policies, objectives, or activities of organizations or businesses to ensure continuing operations, to maximize returns on investments, or to increase productivity.

    Appoint department heads or managers and assign or delegate responsibilities to them.

    Direct or coordinate an organization's financial or budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, or increase efficiency.

    Direct or coordinate activities of businesses or departments concerned with production, pricing, sales, or distribution of products.


Most Days Tasks

    Review and analyze legislation, laws, or public policy and recommend changes to promote or support interests of the general population or special groups.

    Attend and participate in meetings of municipal councils or council committees.

    Refer major policy matters to elected representatives for final decisions.

    Direct non-merchandising departments, such as advertising, purchasing, credit, or accounting.

    Implement corrective action plans to solve organizational or departmental problems.

    Preside over or serve on boards of directors, management committees, or other governing boards.

    Direct human resources activities, including the approval of human resource plans or activities, the selection of directors or other high-level staff, or establishment or organization of major departments.

    Review reports submitted by staff members to recommend approval or to suggest changes.

    Negotiate or approve contracts or agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal or state agencies, or other organizational entities.

    Confer with board members, organization officials, or staff members to discuss issues, coordinate activities, or resolve problems.


Some Days Tasks

    Represent organizations or promote their objectives at official functions or delegate representatives to do so.

    Conduct or direct investigations or hearings to resolve complaints or violations of laws or testify at such hearings.

    Organize or approve promotional campaigns.

    Direct or conduct studies or research on issues affecting areas of responsibility.

    Direct or coordinate activities of businesses involved with buying or selling investment products or financial services.

    Make presentations to legislative or other government committees regarding policies, programs, or budgets.

    Interpret and explain policies, rules, regulations, or laws to organizations, government or corporate officials, or individuals.

    Serve as liaisons between organizations, shareholders, and outside organizations.

    Deliver speeches, write articles, or present information at meetings or conventions to promote services, exchange ideas, or accomplish objectives.

    Coordinate the development or implementation of budgetary control systems, recordkeeping systems, or other administrative control processes.

    Establish departmental responsibilities and coordinate functions among departments and sites.

    Prepare or present reports concerning activities, expenses, budgets, government statutes or rulings, or other items affecting businesses or program services.

    Prepare budgets for approval, including those for funding or implementation of programs.

    Prepare bylaws approved by elected officials and ensure that bylaws are enforced.

    Administer programs for selection of sites, construction of buildings, or provision of equipment or supplies.

    Nominate citizens to boards or commissions.

What Tools and Technologies do Chief Executives use?

The future of work is gonna be… techy🤖. No matter the career path, you’ll have to understand what the experts use to get the job done. Employers want to see practical experience with these tools and technologies. Use these lists to figure out what tools you need to learn and see trends about up and coming tech. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that use similar tools.

Tools

Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Smartphones

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

10-key calculators

Technologies

Atlassian JIRA

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics GP

Oracle E-Business Suite

Relational database management software

AdSense Tracker

Blackbaud The Raiser’s Edge

All Technologies

ComputerEase Construction Accounting

Data base reporting software

Databox

Exact Software Macola ES Labor Performance

Graphic presentation software

Halogen ePraisal

HCSS HeavyBid

HCSS HeavyJob

Human resource information system HRIS

Infor SSA Human Capital Management

Listserv software

Lyris HQ Web-Analytics Solution

Microsoft FRx

Nedstat Sitestat

Norchard Solutions Succession Wizard

Online advertising reporting software

Oracle Siebel Server Sync

What Skills Do Chief Executives Need to Have?

Let’s be real… take a look in the mirror! Do you have the what it takes to join the other Chief Executives? The Skills? The Ability to succeed? If so, and you enjoy using these skills, then this job is for you. If not, GOOD NEWS, you can always pick up a new skill if you’re willing to put in the effort 💪

Skills

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Negotiation

Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Management of Financial Resources

Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Material Resources

Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Mathematics

Using mathematics to solve problems.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Abilities

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality

Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility

Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility

Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Everything Chief Executives Should Know…

Chief Executives typically have vast knowledge of the subjects below. Think about this a lot… if you’re not a fan of the subjects, chances are this career isn’t for you. But, there’s plenty of time to learn and continue to learn throughout your career 🎓

Knowledge

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Economics and Accounting

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Sales and Marketing

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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