Determining the Most Strategic Allocation of Time for an Executive to Clarify How to Best Target Work Efforts.

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Making the switch from day-to-day operations into a more strategic, executive-level role can be difficult, especially if this is an executive’s first time in a management position. For most people, ensuring that the majority of their time is spent on strategic and higher-level thinking while delegating many of the day-to-day jobs to others can be a struggle. Even if an executive is aware of the goal, holding themselves accountable can prove elusive. There are typically five main roles that an executive plays in their job. Understanding the appropriate allocation of time among these will be imperative for an executive to set priorities appropriately.

looks_oneUnderstand the 5 Cs of an executive’s role

The first step is understanding the five Cs, or different roles that an executive plays. These include:

  1. Creator – Provide leadership and innovative ideas while setting a vision aligned with business strategy and key performance criteria.

  2. Coach – Offer feedback and support to grow the organization’s talent bench while creating a desirable culture.

  3. Champion – Encourage behaviors and programs to execute strategic and organizational objectives.

  4. Conductor – Balance competences, people, costs, and service levels to efficiently fulfill the organization’s core responsibilities.

  5. Caretaker – Protect and preserve the critical assets & functional stability of the organization, and accurately report on metrics and operations to stakeholders.

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