So, you are the CEO = Chief of EVERYTHING Officer? By Linda K. Krei (ActionCOACH ExcelEDGE)

Really? Are you stuck here? Are you getting the results you want? CEO should not mean Chief of EVERYTHING Officer. Being the “Boss of Everything”, or acting as if you are, no matter what your title, can be a burdensome space. There is an illusion that being your own boss gives you autonomy, control of your own schedule, unlimited earning potential, freedom, and flexibility. Yet the reality is many of us experience anything but that, de-energized from constantly reacting and “putting out fires”, or running and spinning in place (like being on a hamster wheel) without making progress on those things that matter. 

In reality, “being the boss” means you report to everyone. And, if we are honest with ourselves, many of us are simply not good at being our own boss. 

A key to being an effective leader at any level in any human operating system, (including our Personal Family relationship and in your Professional role) is recognizing that you simply cannot do everything, so stop trying my friends! 

Instead, reframe your thinking as the “Chief of What Really Matters”. 

1. Schedule time to think

It is incredibly easy to get caught up in the daily grind. You end up tirelessly working in the business to get stuff done yet neglect to work on the business to build longevity. When was the last time you blocked out time on your calendar just to think? A first step for you may be scheduling time to strategize and work on your business to help get out of reactive mode. Your priorities will become surprisingly clear, as the busy-ness fades to the background. Treat your business like your V.I.P. client and give it the devoted time it deserves. 

2. Be a ruthless self-critic of your own results (not your intentions)

Whether in business or personal life, we tend to judge others based on their actions and results, but we judge ourselves based on our intentions. Do you see how this can cause a problem when you are in charge? For instance, you might intend to complete an important task but end up pushing it aside to deal with some “urgent” issue. Sure, you had good intentions, but the vital task still did not get done, and your good reason is simply an excuse. 

Are you “putting an oxygen mask” on everybody and everything except yourself? Be sure to focus on your own self-care, body, mind and spirit, which by the way is NOT self-ish care! 

How will you measure whether you WIN this week? Define your winning result in advance, and schedule time on your calendar to take proactive, priority-focused steps toward it. Get one step closer to where you want to “BE”. And remember, if you do claim the title of Chief Executive Officer, executing on a few things well, the “critical few” instead of the massive many, will always take you further than trying to keep up with “everything”. 

What is Your Personal Relationship with Time? While a lot of people are frustrated with the way they are managing time, each person’s specific issues are different. Buried under the demands and chaos are hints of indi- vidual strengths and weaknesses, personality style and preferences. Let’s find your unique styles and sources of energy and re-discover what brings you joy. Let’s begin the process of custom designing a solution that will be a true match for who YOU are. Your relationship with time comes under three areas: 

  • What’s working and what’s not 
  • Your time management preferences 
  • Your energy cycles and sources 

Successful people increase the Value of their time, the truly Valued currency, and in doing so it doesn’t feel so finite. 

So, Take Action with ActionCOACH! Simply go to to schedule your complimentary Time Mastery evaluation and assessment with Coach Linda Krei. We’ll get you off the “hamster wheel” and making real progress with Real Results. 

As an award winning, globally recognized, Certified Executive Business Coach and Facilitator, Linda would love to help you take your leadership to the next level. 

Contact Coach Linda Today! 

Linda Krei, ActionCOACH Excel Edge


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