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So You Want To Be a CEO?

But are you up to it?

Most people have no idea of what it’s like to be a CEO.

Here’s a snippet.

“…A former employee emailed Mr Don Voelte (CEO Woodside Petroleum) after he had quit – offering reasons for his resignation. He told his Voelte that he did not have a happy time after being posted to Libya.

The employee told Mr Voelte that ”having reached a point in his life where I do not require a job for financial security, the level of intolerance rises dramatically and minor irritations are no longer acceptable”.

The comments got Mr Voelte’s blood boiling. He fired back an email saying he had read the message while on 19-day roadshow across Australia , the US and Canada, during which he gave 58 presentations to investors. He pointed out he was working until 2am, except for the one all-nighter when he had to get some board papers finished.

His email informed his old employee he had travelled to 17 cities, flew 22 airline legs, twice lost his luggage, had two cancelled flights and spent a night in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport because of bad weather during the trip.

”Now what was this about your minor irritations are no longer acceptable,” he wrote. ”You made the right choice … for Woodside that is. Your attitude is one I do not want within 100 miles of our company or our workforce. Here’s hoping that you experience no further minor irritations in life.” [Sydney Morning Herald, June 27, 2012]

So, still want to be a CEO?


About Dr. Duff Watkins [www.execsearch.com.au]

international executive search consultant / author-- dispensing career advice about how the job market really works


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