Why Rapunzel May Be the Best CEO for Your Company

When it comes to being a CEO, the preconceived notions of a person who can direct others, or have a grand corporate scheme of things, or even a knack for generating revenue and profit, are far beyond that of the norm and reality, as much of a surprise as that may be to the typical executive. The CEO may be the boss; that much is true. But by no means is the CEO better than any employee. Talk to the housekeeping service of the Marriott, for example; would they say their CEO knows how to clean X amount of rooms in X amount of time? I think not.persuasion negotiation Snow White

That being said, I’m sure that Jack Bauer in his infinite wisdom of persuasion and negotiation would say the same about his boss over at Division, thinking that the suit wouldn’t know how to interrogate a suspect for a nuclear bomb threat. He’s right. A true CEO — one who’s an asset not only to the corporation, but to the employees — not only understands the workers, but (and brace yourself for this whopper of a statement) must be a “Disney princess.” a damsel in distress. Yes, you heard me — I said it. Snow White will run your company.

This Has to Be a Joke — No CEO Would Be Like Cinderella

Oh, but it’s true. A CEO has to be like Sleeping Beauty. So fragile, delicate, and sweet like honey. I jest too much, because there’s a point behind the stipulation that the House of Mouse has made many a CEO and successful company, and it’s simply this: conversations, pitches, negotiations, they all have to have some need or wonder about another person’s expertise.

By expertise, I mean knowledge that a CEO wouldn’t necessarily know about, but can persuade an expert to either teach him/her or do the job for him/her with excellence. That’s the measure of a successful boss. That’s teamwork. It’s the buy-in factor. You have to somehow persuade that prince to want to rescue you from the fierce dragon.

How Else Would a CEO Garner a Team?

persuasion negotiation Tinker BellIt’s that sense of wonder that will get people interested in your endeavor. Your project. Your idea. This is basic conversation skill; when you ask the question, “can you help me?”, you’re inviting someone to give you some insight and perhaps help you out with it to the point that they’ve partnered with you on your idea. Guess what: you’ve just earned yourself a “worker.”

It’s the fact that you’re prostrating yourself before this ‘expert,’ asking for a hand, and almost magically — like Tinker Bell’s fairy dust — you’ve somehow subliminally implanted that message in the expert’s brain that the expert must charge you X amount of money to do the service — perhaps reoccurring, like a paycheck, in fact. See what you did? You turned that “worker” into a veritable employee. And the best part? That employee’s happy about it!

The Best CEO Will Always Be in “Need”

Save me, my fair prince! Ooooooh…. (Puts hand over the eyes and faints). Yes, it’s a tactic. Yes, it’s shameless. But that’s how businesses — successful businesses — are managed. So the next time you feel that urge to start a business, remember: you’re a damsel in distress.

And there are plenty of princes out there ready to save you (and help you run your corporation).

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