We Are All CEOs
If you ask yourself the question who pulls the strings when it comes to house chores, cooking, shopping and helping with homework, the answer will most often be “ I do”. At least that’s what statistics show. Women are making most of the decisions when it comes to running a household and buying stuff for this household. We also spend more time managing the family, in a manner of speaking. If we picture a family as a company, then the mom of that family will no question be the CEO, maybe not invariably, but in the majority of cases.
What are the responsibilities of a CEO? To keep a company profitable and make sure everything runs smoothly, basically. In other words, maintain the livelihood of the company. Much the same can be said about any family — moms take it upon themselves to make sure that everyone is healthy and happy. Luckily for moms, though, there is no competition as such in these undertakings. Well, some of us are competitive when it comes to their family, constantly comparing it to other families and pushing it to be like them, but that’s not a necessary condition for a family CEO, while it is for corporate CEOs.
And what are the challenges that corporate CEOs need to overcome in their work? For one thing, there’s the issue of growth and how to fund it. How does that translate for family chief execs? It most probably translates into spending more time with the kids, making sure they have all they need, not so much materially as emotionally, in order to be happy. It also translates into not ignoring your significant other, a sometimes hard task when the kids are very young, but nevertheless important. After all, the man in the family could be seen as the total board of directors, and maybe the chief financial officer of your company, while you double as chief marketing officer, for instance. A second challenge for CEOs is successfully engaging the board of directors with their plans. What this means in a family is to make sure that you both have the same vision (a very corporate buzzword, as we know) of how things should be going at home. This includes choosing kids’ schools, for example, or whether or not it’s time to move to a bigger house. No CEO can make and enforce decisions on their own all the time and no mom should be burdened with the responsibility for all family decisions.
So, if you are the CEO and your husband or partner is the board, who’s the workforce? Well, that would be you again. Talk about multitasking, but that’s how things are in a family, especially while the kids are little. But they will grow, and grow well if you invest in them smartly. Of course, investments are not just money put into education and organic food, though these are important too. The most important investments, however, are being there when you children need you, both you and your board of directors, giving them good advice and preparing them for the time when they will be, so to speak, starting their own business.