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CEO, IN-DEPTH: Every Day I'm Excited To Go To Work

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Jim, the CEO of an electronics manufacturing design company that creates new lighting technology, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, and his important "aha!" moments. His motto: never give up.

Job Title: CEO/Founder

Job Summary: Chief Executives

Job Description

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and public or private-sector organizations.

On-the-Job Training

None

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Top executives must have related work experience. Top executives in some companies are promoted from within their organization. However, other companies may prefer to hire from outside the organization.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives also are expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.

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Average salary
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$75,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
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Indoor, Office, Travel, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Leadership ability, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills, Creativity, Networking, People skills, Teamwork

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<span m='8070'>a</span> <span m='8140'>challenge.</span> <span m='9140'>What's</span> <span m='9660'>the</span> <span m='9790'>toughest</span> <span m='10240'>part</span> <span m='10440'>about</span> <span m='10690'>my</span> <span m='10840'>job?</span> <span m='11360'>It's</span> <span m='11630'>dealing</span> <span m='11890'>with</span> <span m='12040'>the</span> <span m='12120'>people.</span> <span m='12730'>Believe</span> <span m='12960'>it or</span> <span m='13090'>not,</span> <span m='13340'>as</span> <span m='13620'>the</span> <span m='13750'>leader,</span> <span m='14610'>dealing</span> <span m='14860'>with</span> <span m='15000'>the</span> <span m='15090'>people</span> <span m='15460'>are</span> <span m='15550'>the</span> <span m='15630'>hardest</span> <span m='16110'>part.</span> <span m='16500'>But</span> <span m='16640'>if</span> <span m='16760'>you</span> <span m='17070'>can</span> <span m='17250'>figure</span> <span m='17570'>that</span> <span m='17790'>out,</span> <span m='18030'>you</span> <span m='18180'>can</span> <span m='18350'>make</span> <span m='18650'>the</span> <span m='18740'>most</span> <span m='19050'>money</span> <span m='19290'>of</span> <span m='19380'>everybody</span> <span m='19860'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='20670'>So</span> <span m='21040'>being</span> <span m='21270'>the</span> <span m='21350'>boss</span> <span m='21660'>is</span> <span m='21810'>great,</span> <span m='22180'>because</span> <span m='22610'>nobody</span> <span m='22890'>tells</span> <span m='23140'>you</span> <span m='23270'>what</span> <span m='23430'>to</span> <span m='23520'>do.</span> <span m='23910'>It's</span> <span m='24130'>like</span> <span m='24390'>I'm</span> <span m='24570'>my</span> <span m='24740'>own</span> <span m='24930'>mom</span> <span m='25160'>and</span> <span m='25280'>dad</span> <span m='25520'>at</span> <span m='25610'>the</span> <span m='25690'>same</span> <span m='25980'>time.</span> <span m='26410'>I</span> <span m='26550'>tell</span> <span m='26760'>myself</span> <span m='27180'>what</span> <span m='27300'>to</span> <span m='27390'>do.</span> <span m='28090'>But</span> <span m='28210'>it</span> <span m='28330'>also</span> <span m='28580'>means</span> <span m='28850'>that I'm</span> <span m='28950'>responsible</span> <span m='29510'>for</span> <span m='29670'>those</span> <span m='29910'>people,</span> <span m='30820'>which</span> <span m='31010'>is</span> <span m='31180'>also</span> <span m='32119'>a</span> <span m='32250'>stressful</span> <span m='32670'>situation,</span> <span m='33290'>because</span> <span m='33670'>all</span> <span m='33880'>those</span> <span m='34040'>people</span> <span m='34320'>have</span> <span m='34570'>families</span> <span m='34980'>themselves,</span> <span m='35450'>so</span> <span m='35590'>I'm</span> <span m='35710'>responsible</span> <span m='36240'>for</span> <span m='36420'>all</span> <span m='36720'>of that.</span> <span m='37780'>There's</span> <span m='38040'>one</span> <span m='38260'>of</span> <span m='38310'>the</span> <span m='38400'>models</span> <span m='38860'>that I</span> <span m='38960'>have</span> <span m='39260'>is</span> <span m='39520'>never</span> <span m='39810'>give</span> <span m='40040'>up,</span> <span m='40440'>and</span> <span m='40780'>Edison</span> <span m='41130'>had</span> <span m='41330'>that</span> <span m='41560'>same</span> <span m='42100'>motto.</span> </p><p><span m='42900'>His</span> <span m='43090'>motto</span> <span m='43420'>was</span> <span m='43800'>I</span> <span m='43920'>didn't</span> <span m='44100'>have</span> <span m='44300'>one</span> <span m='44500'>product</span> <span m='44870'>that</span> <span m='45050'>succeeded,</span> <span m='45660'>I</span> <span m='45730'>had</span> <span m='45890'>a thousand</span> <span m='46195'>that</span> <span m='46500'>failed.</span> <span m='47680'>All right,</span> <span m='48010'>so</span> <span m='48350'>you</span> <span m='48500'>have</span> <span m='48700'>to</span> <span m='48800'>go</span> <span m='48960'>through</span> <span m='49150'>all</span> <span m='49270'>the</span> <span m='49350'>failures.</span> <span m='49605'>And</span> <span m='49860'>the</span> <span m='50010'>aha</span> <span m='50310'>moment</span> <span m='50690'>is</span> <span m='52190'>I</span> <span m='52330'>would</span> <span m='52500'>go</span> <span m='52640'>home</span> <span m='52890'>at</span> <span m='52990'>night</span> <span m='53300'>thinking,</span> <span m='53610'>wow,</span> <span m='53810'>that's</span> <span m='54030'>never</span> <span m='54240'>going</span> <span m='54340'>to</span> <span m='54410'>work,</span> <span m='54720'>it's</span> <span m='54900'>never</span> <span m='55110'>going</span> <span m='55230'>to</span> <span m='55310'>work,</span> <span m='56010'>and</span> <span m='56350'>day</span> <span m='56500'>after</span> <span m='56760'>day</span> <span m='56870'>after</span> <span m='57140'>day,</span> <span m='57440'>and</span> <span m='57580'>all</span> <span m='57670'>of</span> <span m='57750'>a</span> <span m='57790'>sudden,</span> <span m='58590'>that</span> <span m='58950'>day it</span> <span m='59190'>worked.</span> <span m='59950'>The</span> <span m='60080'>aha</span> <span m='60370'>moment</span> <span m='60820'>comes</span> <span m='61470'>every</span> <span m='61860'>single</span> <span m='62160'>time</span> <span m='62450'>I</span> <span m='62520'>develop</span> <span m='62860'>a</span> <span m='62950'>product.</span> </p><p><span m='63640'>And</span> <span m='64370'>I'm</span> <span m='64599'>55</span> <span m='65140'>years</span> <span m='65319'>old,</span> <span m='65550'>or</span> <span m='65610'>going</span> <span m='65740'>to</span> <span m='65780'>be</span> <span m='65950'>55</span> <span m='66440'>years</span> <span m='66590'>old,</span> <span m='66880'>and</span> <span m='67050'>to tell</span> <span m='67210'>you</span> <span m='67300'>the</span> <span m='67430'>truth,</span> <span m='67670'>I</span> <span m='67720'>still</span> <span m='68030'>haven't</span> <span m='68340'>learned</span> <span m='68660'>that</span> <span m='68820'>that</span> <span m='69000'>aha</span> <span m='69340'>moment</span> <span m='69730'>will</span> <span m='70010'>come.</span> <span m='70770'>I</span> <span m='70870'>stress</span> <span m='71300'>very</span> <span m='71520'>heavily</span> <span m='71930'>about</span> <span m='72220'>it,</span> <span m='72320'>but</span> <span m='72510'>you</span> <span m='72580'>know</span> <span m='72720'>what?</span> <span m='73160'>Every</span> <span m='73380'>single</span> <span m='73670'>time</span> <span m='73910'>the</span> <span m='74020'>aha</span> <span m='74290'>moment</span> <span m='74620'>has</span> <span m='74810'>come,</span> <span m='74990'>because</span> <span m='75280'>I</span> <span m='75370'>never</span> <span m='75670'>gave</span> <span m='75970'>up.</span> 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