How to Become the Chief Executive
Part Two - The Mission
In part two of "how to become the chief executive", we will deal with the first element of determining our strategic position – The Mission.
In the first part, we described the overall strategy to achieve such a high position in life.
We now need to delve deeper into analysing our strategic position before we proceed into the specific strategies to advance that position leading to such a position.
The mission is everything; it is the element that connects all the other elements of your strategy to achieve any goal in life. Spending some time here is an important effort in the bigger scheme of things.
Firstly, Strategy teaches that what people are doing is less important than why they are doing it. There is a story that illustrates this idea about Mission:
A man sees three people pounding on rocks in the street. Because this man is a strategist, he is always interested in knowing what is changing and why people are doing what they are doing.
He asks the first man, “What are you doing?”
The first man responds, “I am earning a decent day's wages for a decent day's work."
This first answer tells the strategist a great deal about the first worker and his personal goals, but it still does not tell him what he wants to know.
Therefore, he asks the next worker, “What are you doing?
The second worker answers, “I am working to become the best stone mason I can.” Since, they are stonemasons, they must be building something, but the strategist still wants to know more.
So, he asks the third man, “What are you doing?"
The third man tells him, “I am building a cathedral, something that will stand for centuries and inspire generations of people long after I am gone."
For the strategist, only this last man had a Mission that could unite him with every stranger walking down the road. This story illustrates the three levels of mission that people can have.
People can do things for economic, professional, or better world level. Sun Tzu taught that a mission must be in tune with the society and the people around you.
So for one to simply wants to become the Chief Executive of a major organization is not enough to accomplish such a mission.
But for example if one’s mission is to provide a cleaner energy to the world when becoming the Chief Executive officer of BP, then such a mission is worthy and you are on the road to accomplishing such a mission.
There so many people in Britain who wish to become Prime Minster, but as we all know deep inside ourselves, the one that will become Prime Minster is the one with a mission such as the one described above.
Google chiefs want to provide the “best contents” from the internet to everyone. Microsoft chief executive wants to put a computer on every desk for everyone. Cisco chief executive wants to connect every computer on the planet so that people communicate. These kinds of missions bring success.
Secondly, how strongly are you committed to your Mission?
Without a strong commitment, a mission becomes a dreaming!
Here is another little story to illustrate the strength of commitment and the strong desire to achieve one’s mission from Aristotle himself:
A young well-educated student of Aristotle approached him one day and said, “Master, I want to lead the army and go about conquering the known world around Greece and then march onto the Far East to unite east and west and bring prosperity and knowledge under one empire.”
Aristotle was interested and said, “Sound like a great mission, but how badly do you want to accomplish this Mission?”
The young man replied, “I don’t understand what you mean Master; I really wish to do that”.
Aristotle asked the young man to follow him to the sea, he asked him to jump into the sea with him; as Aristotle was a strong man, he got hold of the boy’s head, submerged it under water by force, and kept him for three minutes.
When the boy started to lose in the struggle to surface and nearing total drowning, Aristotle released him.
The boy was in utter shock and horror and angrily exclaimed from Aristotle on the reason he done that to him.
Aristotle asked him “how badly did you want to breathe air young man.” The young man answered, “Very very badly Master, I couldn’t think of anything else in the world but to breathe air”. Aristotle replied, “When you desire and commit to your mission with this kind of intensity young man, then you have a mission in the way to becoming reality”.
This young man was Alexander the Great in the making by his great teachers.
How strongly do you want to become the Chief Executive of BP or any other company? How strongly do you want to achieve any great goal in life?
You see, there are other people around you who want what you want in life and possibly have the same mission as you, but what puts you ahead of them, is the strength of your commitment to your mission.
This is the end of the "part two" of this great journey. In Part three we will talk about the second strategic element of your position “Leadership”.
Make sure that you stay the journey with me; it is a very exciting Journey indeed.
How to become the Chief Executive!
How to Become the Chief Executive - Part One - The Strategy
How to Become the Chief Executive - Part two - The Mission
How to Become the Chief Executive - Part Three - The Leadership
How to Become the Chief Executive - Part Four - The Ground
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